Information Technology is becoming the workhorse of almost all the industrial setups today, and its convergence with the manufacturing industry and supply chain management is no longer a futuristic trend. A mounting number of manufacturing companies are actively implementing data analytics and various other data science tools for many of their business operations, especially in material handling and supply chain management.

The manufacturing industry is riding on the coattails of the recent advancements in the field of data science and next-generation technologies such as machine learning, Artificial Intelligence, and Big Data. Spurred by the increasing availability of data analytics tools, the manufacturing industry is aiming at bolstering the efficiency and productivity of its material handling capabilities. In the coming years, leading players are expected to modify their business strategies depending on the recent advancements in data science, in order to get an edge over its competition in the industry.

Thereby, increasing awareness about the advanced data analytic tools will reflect in significant changes in the future trends of the manufacturing industry and its material handling operations. Here are 4 ways how data analytics will influence material handling strategies of manufacturing companies and how it will revolutionize the supply chain management strategies in the coming future.

Data Analytics is Aiding the Decision-making Process in Operations Management

Operation managers in the manufacturing industry have to make crucial decisions on a daily basis, in order to ensure high productivity and profitability across the entire supply chain. With the help of advanced data analytics tools, operations managers can get better visibility of the entire value chain and make data-driven decisions to minimize the cost and maximize the throughput. The next-generation tools of Big Data analytics have been designed by data engineers to enable operation managers make important decisions that depend on complex trade-offs. This is how Big Data analytics are expected to change the entire picture of material handling and operations management in the manufacturing industry.

Machine Learning and Big Data Analytics are Implemented to Monitor Material Performance

Data engineers are leveraging the advancements in technologies such as machine learning and Big Data to model very complex systems that can evaluate the performance of materials and equipment. With the help of data virtualization, data analytics can provide important business insights, which can bolster not only the performance of equipment but also the efficiency in supply chain management. Furthermore, machine learning also enhances material handling capabilities through innovative features of data analytics such as visual pattern recognition. This will unlock the potential of boosting accuracy in inspection, maintenance, and testing of physical assets used in material handling operations.

Advancements in data science are bringing in revolutionary changes in the manufacturing industry, and this will enable stakeholders  to establish a strong position in such a competitive environment.