State of the Gear Industry Perspectives takes an in-depth look at the challenges and opportunities in gear manufacturing today and in the future.
As gear shopfloors become more data-driven, how will hiring practices change in the gear industry moving forward? Do you believe it’s necessary to bring in system integrators, data engineers, and mechatronics experts to diversify your workforce?
Generally, yes, specialists will be needed to implement data-driven processes. For small- to medium-sized manufacturers, a diversified hire may be attractive — someone who can fill an implementer role but also a traditional manufacturing engineering function.
How will the gear industry change and evolve in the next five years?
Smart manufacturing will continue to trickle into the industry while automation remains a leading solution, albeit with more “intelligence” (IIoT) than in the past. 20th century manufacturers will slowly die away, and 21st century manufacturers (clean, digital, human-centric) will lead new business, acquisitions, and hiring.