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Mega Trends and Their Impact on Advanced Manufacturing

Mega Trends and Their Impact on Advanced Manufacturing

The top Converging Themes poised to impact current and future manufacturing operations include the following:

Collaborative Manufacturing: ‘Collaborate and compete’ is the new paradigm to ensure long-term success.

Control-on-the-Go: The growth of connected assets and the need to reduce process variability will result in the wide-scale acceptance of mobile solutions.

E-Convergence: Internal IT cost structures are being reduced through hosted computing business models.

Expert Systems: Process and equipment efficiency is being optimized through real-time alerts and customizable dashboards.

Frugal Engineering and Manufacturing: A new age of lean and just-in-time manufacturing is leveraging innovative material development and 3D printing techniques.

Knowledge Management Systems: The acute focus on product, process, technology, and service knowledge is spurring the adoption of simulation software.

Risk Management: State-of-the-art threat intelligence solutions can be used to effectively minimize exposure to advanced persistent threats.

Service Delivery Innovation: The increase in the number of remote assets requires new service delivery models to collaborate, streamline, and facilitate efficient operation.

About this report

Using Frost & Sullivan’s Visi-MAP 2.0 framework, this strategic insight looks to distill key macro forces into 8 converging themes, namely, collaborative manufacturing, control-on-the-go, e-convergence, expert systems, frugal engineering and manufacturing, knowledge management systems, risk management, and service delivery innovation, further analyzing their impact on the future of the manufacturing industry. Each converging theme is segmented by current challenges, future outlook, relevant case studies of market best practices, and vertical market impact and penetration.


  • Executive Summary
    • Key Findings
  • Research Methodology and Overview of the Visi-MAP 2.0 Framework
    • Research Objective and Methodology
    • Visi-MAP 2.0-Convergence of Mega Forces
  • Collaborative Manufacturing
    • Scenario Analysis-Dependence to Inter-dependence
    • Present-day Challenges and Possible Scenarios
    • Collaborative Manufacturing: What are Leaders Doing in Developed Markets?
    • Collaborative Manufacturing: What are Leaders Doing in Emerging Markets?
    • End-user Impact
  • Control-on-the-Go
    • Scenario Analysis-On-demand to On-the-Go
    • Present-day Challenges and Possible Scenarios
    • Control-on-the-Go: What are Leaders Doing in Developed Markets?
    • Control-on-the-Go: What are Leaders Doing in Emerging Markets?
    • End-user Impact
  • E-Convergence
    • Scenario Analysis-Dependence to Inter-dependence
    • Present-day Challenges and Possible Scenarios
    • E-Convergence: What are Leaders Doing in Developed Markets?
    • E-Convergence: What are Leaders Doing in Emerging Markets?
    • End-user Impact
  • Expert Systems
    • Scenario Analysis-Historical Data to Real-time Intelligence
    • Present-day Challenges and Possible Scenarios
    • Expert Systems: What are Leaders Doing in Developed Markets?
    • Expert Systems: What are Leaders Doing in Emerging Markets?
    • End-user Impact
  • Frugal Engineering and Manufacturing
    • Scenario Analysis-Traditional Manufacturing to 3D Printing for Personalized Customization
    • Present-day Challenges and Possible Scenarios
    • Frugal Engineering and Manufacturing: What are Leaders Doing in Developed Markets?
    • Frugal Engineering and Manufacturing: What are Leaders Doing in Emerging Markets?
    • End-user Impact
  • Knowledge Management Systems
    • Scenario Analysis-Manual-driven to Simulation-driven
    • Present-day Challenges and Possible Scenarios
    • Knowledge Management Systems: What are Leaders Doing in Developed Markets?
    • Knowledge Management Systems: What are Leaders Doing in Emerging Markets?
    • End-user Impact
  • Risk Management
    • Scenario Analysis-Siloed to Integrated Security Approach
    • Present-day Challenges and Possible Scenarios
    • Risk Management: What are Leaders Doing in Developed Markets?
    • Risk Management: What are Leaders Doing in Emerging Markets?
    • End-user Impact
  • Service Delivery Innovation
    • Scenario Analysis-Traditional Service Model to Managed Services Model
    • Present-day Challenges and Possible Scenarios
    • Service Delivery Innovation: What are Leaders Doing in Developed Markets?
    • Service Delivery Innovation: What are Leaders Doing in Emerging Markets?
    • End-user Impact

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