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Report: Majority of Manufacturers Expect to Embrace IIoT by 2022

Tuesday, August 8, 2017
Zebra Technologies Corp., a provider of connected hardware, software and services, has released the results of its 2017 Manufacturing Vision Study. The study reveals that a majority of manufacturers expect to adopt Industry 4.0 technologies in the immediate future in order to enhance visibility and improve quality. By 2022, the findings note that:
  • 64 percent of manufacturers expect to be fully connected.
  • One-half of manufacturers expect to adopt wearable technologies, with 55 percent of current users expecting to expand their usage over the same period.
  • 51 percent of companies plan to expand the use of voice technology.
  • Only one-fifth of companies expect to continue using manual processes (e.g., pen and paper) to track important manufacturing steps.
Zebra surveyed 1100 decision makers who influence technology purchases across North America, Latin America, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region. Sixty-three percent of survey respondents cite tracking as the core focus of future technology adoption, with a blend of technologies expected to be deployed.

The full report is available for download at


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