Next week the Business Beyond Borders (BBB) initiative will host another flagship event. This time, we’ll be in Iran to foster matchmaking sessions at the AMB Iran 2018 trade fair. AMB Iran is the leading international fair for the metalworking and machine tools sector – a “Made in Germany” quality product from Messe Stuttgart and the Association of German Machine Tools Manufacturers (VDW). Last year’s edition welcomed an unexpected number of exhibitors and visitors, who attended the fair to check the newest developments in the industry and strike new business deals. There is still time to register for the fair and the BBB matchmaking event.
Ahead of the BBB matchmaking sessions at AMB Iran 2018 fair, we bring you some of the most interesting and useful trends which are changing and shaping the metalworking industry worldwide:
Industry 4.0 and Internet of Things 
Constant innovation processes of the Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things (IoT) will increasingly influence the machine tools. The smaller versions of sensors designed nowadays are much easier to install on all sorts of machines and appliances. This will allow the sensor to emit real-time feedback to the machine control centre in case of the problems, and alert engineers on adjustments needing to be made.
Data Analytics 
As for most of the other industries, Big Data is an up-and-coming essential trend for the metalworking manufacturing sector that will help to transform and make production more efficient. One of the threats that machine tools factories face is the unscheduled downtime of the equipment, and Big Data can help optimise the running of the machines.
Additive Manufacturing 
3-D printing is revolutionising design and manufacturing process. It allows a faster and more efficient production of metal tools in bigger volumes, thus decreasing overall production costs.
Augmented Reality 
The possibilities for AR usage application within the manufacturing and metalworking sector are endless. It can be implemented within operations, maintenance, safety management, design and prototyping, training and quality control. For instance, AR can transform manufacturing operations procedures through the visualisation and simplification of step-by-step installation processes, assembly and machine tools change.
As shown by the trends above, there is a big focus on the digitisation of the metalworking industry. Digitisation will lead to better, faster and more precise production process while reducing costs and providing greater value to the customers along the supply chain.
Don’t forget to register for the next Business Beyond Borders matchmaking event for SMEs and Clusters at AMB Iran 2018: http://amb-iran2018.talkb2b.net/
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|||Asia Pacific Metalworking Equipment News, “Top 4 Industry 4.0 Trends In Manufacturing,” Asia Pacific Metalworking Equipment News, 1 September 2017. [Online]. Available: http://www.equipment-news.com/top-4-industry-4-0-trends-in-manufacturing/.|