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  • AutorenbildRalf Pühler

The solution to the challenges related to programming in the manufacturing industry

There is currently a shortage of specialists in the fields of mathematics, computer science, natural sciences and technology (MINT) in the manufacturing industry. At the corporate level, this can lead to a slowdown in innovation and reduce profit margins. This skill shortage is evident in the manufacturing and engineering industries, where 85 percent of managers reported having difficulty finding suitable candidates. Could low-code and no-code digitization hold the key to solving the skills shortages in these sectors?

The transformation of programming as we know it through the introduction of low-code and no-code platforms makes the implementation of digital solution concepts in automation more accessible. Low-code and no-code robotics simplifies complex programming with visual modeling and drag-and-drop user interfaces. Therefore, little to no programming knowledge is required.

Low-code automation platforms typically include built-in visual modules that are fast and easy to use. However, when implementing complex or specific interactions, these platforms still require some programming knowledge. This means that while people with no programming skills can use low-code automation, there are still some places where coding is needed.

No-code automation platforms, on the other hand, require no coding skills at all. Instead, users automate the processes through graphical user interfaces rather than traditional programming. The user interface works via drag-and-drop boxes that mimic user interactions with a computer. These platforms completely eliminate the need for technical knowledge and are designed to speed up the automation process.

Benefits of ExoSense

Low-code and no-code application engineering are used in various processes in the manufacturing industry: from material handling to welding. Thanks to the user-friendly format of no-code platforms, digital application solutions can be easily adapted to new challenges. Where companies used to require dedicated IT specialists, simple adjustments can now be made by non-technical people, saving companies time and money.

One of the benefits of this technology to the manufacturing industry is that it reduces the shortage of STEM professionals in the industry. The use of low-code and no-code platforms in manufacturing increases the flexibility and autonomy of automation. The high level of features and integration allows any process to be automated to meet the needs of the business, opening up more opportunities for non-technical employees and potential employees.

The use of no-code solutions can benefit manufacturing companies through increased return on investment (ROI), reduced operating costs, and improved reliability and accuracy. However, this type of investment can prove costly for smaller manufacturers due to the initial cost of implementing these robots.

The trend towards low and no-coding platforms is increasing. 84 percent of companies in the US and Europe are using low-code development platforms to reduce the need for coding. This interest in low- and no-code is likely to increase in the future. At Lean.IQ we are always looking for the latest trends in automation. In order to link classic operative value streams, our focus is on innovative software applications with which we cover all the needs of our customers and thus help to advance and democratize the field of digitization.

Statistics: MINT report by the German Economic Institute (IW)

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