Technology in manufacturing is no stranger to the spotlight. Manufacturing is changing in every way due to these technology shifts. Workforce training and education are affected, production is affected, monitoring is affected – the impact is everywhere. Among all of the technology noise, what makes or breaks a new technology in manufacturing? The answer lies in how employees respond to the technology, how it benefits overall production value, and if it can be leveraged directly to protect the business and consumers simultaneously. Manufacturers demand technologies that can boost their output without causing an additional strain on resources, and there are five technologies from 2016 that did just that. Procurement, computing power, industry 4.0, cyber security, advanced robotics and automation became top priorities for research, development, and implementation during 2016’s operations in manufacturing.