Category: Industrial Tech

The practice of industrial technology is “primarily involved with the management, operation and maintenance of complex technological systems, including Materials, Manufacturing Processes, Management, Economics, Human Relations, Quality Control, Computer Applications/CAD/CAM, and Electronics and Automation” according to IGI Global.  

Like many other industries we discuss at Productivity Bytes, industrial tech is transforming the way businesses operate in today’s market. 

Here are 5 technologies that are increasing industrial efficiencies:

1. 3D Printing

Although not fully to scale yet, 3D printing will take over the manufacturing industry as soon as there are enough supporting parts manufacturers to supply the growing demand.  

3D printing will decrease design-to-production time, decrease lead time, increase specialization, decrease waste, and decrease manufacturing costs.

Companies that become familiar with 3D printing while the industry is still growing will be able to reap its benefits when the form of industrial technology comes to scale.

2. Internet of Things (IoT)

The use of sensors, machines, and interconnectivity between human resources and machines will increase productivity and produce an astounding ROI.

Consider the benefits of having machines that connect to each other seamlessly; for instance, sensors that monitor inventory levels that immediately send a signal that reorders the part before a human even noticed inventory was low.

3. Nanotechnology

Nanotechnology is a newer industrial technology, defined by the Huffington Post as the manipulation of matter on atomic, molecular, or supramolecular levels.  

Nanotechnology in industrial industries allows for chemical enhancements to be made to materials to increase product life or change undesired characteristics.

4. Robotics in the supply chain

Pioneered by Amazon, robotics in the supply chain increase efficiencies surpassing human capabilities.  

Familiarity with robotics will benefit manufacturers, as they learn how to navigate the murky waters of robotics and human resources.

5. Drones

Long gone are the days where drones were only used for taking pictures through a bird’s eye view.  Drones have been incorporated into industrial sectors for anything from delivery systems to surveying operations.  

As the drone’s capabilities are more conclusive and can travel further distances; drones will be the ultimate delivery service to avoid ground traffic and deliver goods even faster than we are currently experiencing.  

Industrial industries like oil/natural gas, mining, and construction have begun to adopt drones to monitor the impacts of their processes to the environment.

Careers in Industrial Technology

The money is where manufacturing efficiencies are; Industrial Tech majors can expect a starting salary ranging from $52,000 to $78,000 depending upon the industry.  

The industry is largely male-dominated, with only 8% of employees with an Industrial Technology degree being women according to Payscale.  Corporations are seeking female graduates to integrate STEM women into their company.

Job titles to be aware of for Industrial Technology majors include operations manager, production manager, manufacturing engineer, and manufacturing engineering manager.  

The field of study allows graduates to explore many different paths upon graduation aside from only manufacturing.  

For instance, utility companies, bureaucratic agencies, hospitals, construction companies, and engineering firms seek the guidance of trained Industrial Technicians to integrate supply chain management and technology into their processes to more effectively carry out their goals.

To learn more about how industrial technology is being used to streamline production and increase productivity, take a look at the following article:

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