No manufacturer wants to look at 2020 in hindsight full of regret about what could have been done differently. To prepare for all the critical transformations besetting the industry in the coming decade, which are not only poised to restructure your business, but the very nature of modern society, you have to know all the major technologies at play.
As a technology writer, I can tell you there is a heck of a lot at play. And some, but certainly not all, will work for you. Most likely, if your B.S. meter is calibrated correctly, you already have an inkling of the stinkers out there. Just as likely, you'll be surprised at how much "futuristic" tech is presently available to reduce the headaches and improve the KPIs at your plant or shop.
I've spent the better part of the last year vetting the best in preparation for directing the expo portion of our own large-scale production, the Manufacturing & Technology Conference & Expo. The following aren't all the tech trends that will define the next decade, but they'll all be at our event, and ones I recommend you spend some time researching, and in some cases, developing pilot projects around in the next year.