AI in Manufacturing: A Look into Our Future with Artificial Intelligence
The Chat GPT 4.0 release stirred up quite a storm about whether AI could eventually take over human jobs in manufacturing. So, let’s dive into what AI can do in electronic assembly and whether we should be concerned about our roles being replaced.
First off, AI has the potential to make our lives so much easier in countless ways. Picture this: a system that can analyze data, spot patterns and trends, and identify risks. We’d be able to get to the root of problems faster and more accurately than ever!
And how about predictive maintenance? Maybe we don’t need to service our equipment every single month. What if AI could tell us that every three months would work just as well? That would be a game-changer, wouldn’t it?
Now, think about all those long documents we must read, like SOPs, manuals, and quality instructions. Imagine having AI that could summarize all that info for us, giving us the same knowledge with half the reading time. Sounds amazing, right?
Of course, we can’t forget the potential for AI-powered chatbots to handle customer service, making communication more efficient with people from all corners of the globe. And who knows, maybe someday AI will even help us design better tooling and fixtures, improve our quality audit plans, or predict product lifetimes with greater accuracy.
But, on the flip side, we need to consider the potential downsides. Junior engineers might be the first to feel AI’s impact, as it takes over repetitive tasks and patterned data analysis. This could mean fewer opportunities for newcomers to find their place in the industry.
Moreover, we might miss out on discoveries if we rely only on AI. When people stop questioning data and systems, the risk of errors increases. Plus, AI only learns from us—it doesn’t have real-world experience, which could limit its understanding in certain situations.
Remember, it’s all about how we implement and use AI. The technology itself isn’t inherently good or bad; it’s the benefits, simplifications, and efficiencies it brings that truly matter. And let’s not forget the potential risks of cyberattacks when relying solely on digital systems.
So, what do you think? Will AI eventually replace us in the manufacturing world? My take is that it’s still a mix of yes and no. But one thing’s for sure: the conversation around AI and its role in our industry is just getting started.
Author: Worapim Sukontasit (Ms.), Managing Director, Thailand is a Supply Chain Managing Director at SCRG with extensive experience in helping customers navigate the complexities of offshore CM/vendor management. Worapim is passionate about finding innovative solutions to offshore manufacturing supply chain challenges and delivering value to customers.
Supply Chain Resource Group (SCRG) is a global market leader offering Strategic Workforce Solutions to some of the world’s most exciting brands. SCRG’s sweet spot is bringing highly skilled engineering talent to solve complex offshore manufacturing challenges. Our clients are OEM’s producing intricate technology-led products that use our vendor managed solutions to increase speed to market and manage costs. Whether you need to audit your existing suppliers, find new ones, manage logistics, understand Cost Downs, DfX or FMEA, we can help. Connect with the company that has been reinventing supply chains for household name brands since 2008.
Click here to learn more.