Talking to both machine builders and suppliers at last week's Machine Building & Automation show gave me an (unscientific) insight into current trends in this market. Whether you are a machine builders or supplier, I would be interested to hear whether you agree or disagree with these trends, or if you feel there are others worth highlighting.
- More demand for added-value services from suppliers.
- Shorter machine cycle times (necessitating lighter parts with lower inertia).
- Machines (and components) that exhibit less noise and vibration.
- Greater use of in-process checks during automated assembly.
- Automated imaging systems being used in more sophisticated ways (eg taking measurements for use in statistical process control systems).
- An increasing emphasis on the cost of ownership rather than just the price of machines.
- A greater awareness of the need to comply with safety regulations and standards (though not necessarily with the knowledge of how to do so).
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