The Future of RF Manufacturing: Trends and Developments to Watch
Radio frequency devices and technologies play a more significant role in our everyday lives than ever before. Radio frequency manufacturers are facing incredible demand between 5G-enabled mobile phones, AI systems, and Internet of Things (IoT) devices. But as with any fast-moving industry, new trends are rapidly changing the face of RF manufacturing.
Here’s a look at the top trends and developments in RF manufacturing for 2023 and beyond.
AI is the Future of RF Manufacturing
Industry 4.0 has been a dominant buzzword in the radio frequency manufacturing industry, and it’s no different in 2023. AI-enabled technology continues to bring more agility and efficiency to RF manufacturing. This year, expect to see more sensors on manufacturing equipment.
Through the use of hundreds or even thousands of sensors, a wealth of machine logging becomes available. AI can then analyze those logs, providing valuable QC information and alerting to potential issues before they cause a work stoppage. This ability to reduce downtime makes predictive maintenance one of the most important trends in RF production.
5G Demand is Still High for RF Manufacturers
The rollout of 5G to mobile networks has given the general public a network with faster download speeds, lower latency, and connectivity in ways that weren’t previously possible. But the wide availability of the network hasn’t slowed down demand. Quite the contrary, the use of 5G in everything from automated vehicles to IoT devices means that 5G will be a top priority for RF manufacturers for years to come.
Indeed, the AI-powered smart factories and Internet of Systems (IoS) at the heart of Industry 4.0 depend on 5G devices and networks. RF manufacturers can expect to see strong demand for their 5G products based on these applications alone. But many are looking forward to the second phase of the 5G rollout, known as the 5G New Radio Framework.
Also known as 5G NR, the 5G New Radio Framework will provide the foundation for a new era in wireless communications. The future of connectivity technologies such as Wi-Fi, satellites, fixed lines, and mobile networks will be based on 5G NR. Radio frequency manufacturers will be busy throughout 2023 and beyond, meeting the demand for 5G devices and related equipment.
RFID Market is Stronger Than Ever
The Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) market is poised for strong growth in 2023 and beyond. RFID is currently widely used in the retail, logistics, supply chain, and transportation sectors for real-time monitoring of assets and products. Recent technological advancements are clearing the way for RFID to make a big impact in healthcare and other service industries.
The increase in demand will be so substantial that analysts predict the RFID market will grow from $25.9 billion this year to $122.6 billion by 2033. Among the components involved, RFID readers have historically had the highest sales volume, and that trend will likely continue.
At the same time, the market’s retail and consumer goods segments should see a significant uptick in sales. All of this adds up to RFID being a high priority for radio frequency manufacturers in the foreseeable future.
Sustainability Efforts Will Impact RF Manufacturing
All industries are reacting to consumer and regulatory demand for sustainable operations, and the RF manufacturing industry is no different. As factories, shop floors, and manufacturing processes evolve, expect to see eco-friendly sustainability as a driving factor.
You’ll notice a shift toward recyclable materials. Attention will be given to the production of rGrade plastic — that is, plastic to be recycled that’s been sorted, cleaned, and cut into pellets for easy recycling. The rGrade process at manufacturing sites will be upgraded to refine the amount of recyclable plastic and reduce waste.
You can also expect to see a shift towards eco-friendly energy. Water, solar, and other renewable energy sources help manufacturers significantly reduce emissions. Renewable sources also reduce overhead costs and, when combined with supply chain optimizations, benefit the environment and a company’s bottom line when combined with supply chain optimizations.
A continued shift towards digitally enabled manufacturing will also drive sustainability. As IoT systems play a part in reducing manufacturing errors and optimizing the supply chain, digital systems will continue to be a high priority for RF manufacturers for at least the next decade.
TX RX Systems: At the Forefront of RF Manufacturing Developments
The RF manufacturing industry is currently undergoing rapid changes. The demands and expectations placed on the industry are greater than ever before and require agile manufacturing and a commitment to the future. Here at TX RX Systems, that’s nothing new. TX RS Systems was founded in 1976, and we’ve been a leader in the industry ever since.
Our breakthrough inventions and refined RF manufacturing processes have made us essential to improving and optimizing many mission-critical networks. We offer best-in-class solutions and are always at the forefront of radio frequency manufacturing developments. Contact us today to learn how we can leverage our expertise for your RF products.