7 Engineering and Tech Trends to Watch in 2013
January 15, 2013
New technology greatly improved industrial production in 2012, as manufacturers focused on non-traditional resources, such as mobile apps, the cloud, and a wide range of sustainable energy sources. As we begin a new year, what are the tech trends we should watch out for in 2013? Mobility Will Be King Tablet computing and mobile device use will continue to grow and companies will continue to explore the opportunity to gain greater access to customers and implement connectivity in the plant. In fact, analysts at technology research firm Gartner, Inc. The Internet of Things As we've reviewed on sister publication IMT Machining Journal GE is betting that the type of data being produced by, for example, a cross country flight by a jetliner, can be digitally aggregated and reviewed to determine gaps in efficiency and functionality. 2012 saw the beginning of heavy investment into the Industrial Internet, while 2013 should reveal the many types of information the Internet of Things can reveal. Manufacturing Operations Management LNS Research Enterprise Sustainability Management With the benefits of "going green" becoming more widely recognized, companies are turning to more sustainable technologies and production methods. But managing sustainability presents an added challenge to managing an entire enterprise. LNS Online Education Mark Andreessen, venture capitalist and CEO of Andreessen-Horowitz, gave Inc.com his predictions for future tech trends. Surprisingly, he forecast that within five to 10 years, "most college students will enroll in online universities," citing the need for innovation in public education from private start-ups. While his timeline exceeds the boundaries of 2013, could this be the year we see online education in manufacturing make a breakthrough? We've already seen innovative education tools, such as virtual reality welding systems Sense Computers IBM Chief Innovation Officer Bernard Meyerson Of particular interest is the development of machine vision IT Security All of the aforementioned tech trends point to a massive increase in data. The ability to store and protect that data will undergo a major change in 2013. As Information Management Gartner predicts companies will be forced to use innovative methods of handling and protecting their data by using the cloud, engaging in de-duplication (deleting multiple data units), and only holding on to necessary information. Gartner also sees the development of "integrated ecosystems," networks of information combined over the cloud that are compatible with devices and apps that make the information secure in one homogenous system.