With the increasing use of the internet, people grow more and smarter. Similarly, when more fabricators connect machines to a central server, it results in more effective learning by the machines.
FREMONT, CA: Precision sheet metal fabrication and commercial construction and the detailing with structural fabrication are two opposite ends in the world of metal fabrication. Besides being poles apart, they serve important roles than ever when it comes to data, in metal fabrication.
Much of precision sheet metal fabrication deals with part tracking, machine learning, and machine monitoring. It also shows how an automated machine connected to the cloud learns to perform better over time, and automation goes independent. Material handling and automated denesting are significant examples in the metal fabrication sector. The system learns how to grasp specific shapes in particular situations, as the machines lift thousands and, ultimately, millions of different parts out of a cut sheet.
The issue with machine learning is that it flourishes along with the situations as they scale up. On the other hand, some major challenges the industry faces is that small businesses dominate metal fabrication. Apart from that, a few of them have multiple issues, leaving thousands of a specific machine model or machine type, irrespective of being a laser or press brake or anything else. Keeping this in mind, machine learning might appear to be a complicated technology to gain in-house.
It brings several opportunities for outside service providers. They can offer services that come from third-party data analytics firms, machine tool providers, or from both of them. In the future, data analytics and machine learning services have the potential to become an essential part of metal fabrication.
The industry sooner or later will witness a wide-spread of augmented reality implementation, in the form of helmets that can superimpose a virtual building model on top of a real model of the building. Even though the technology around BIM has been a part of the industry for decades, a few construction projects that have mechanical contractors, architects, detailers, fabricators, engineers, erectors, specialty contractors, etc. have been working on an exclusive BIM platform.
Leaving behind these challenges, machines, irrespective of being fully-automated sheet metal cutting system or a fully-automated beam line, do not possess any restrictions if data analytics and machine learning go side by side with them.