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Key takeaways:

  • Less than 60% of manufacturers plan to increase AI spending in 2024 compared to 93% in 2023.
  • Manufacturers are increasingly concerned about the accuracy of AI-generated responses.
  • Generative AI guardrails can significantly improve the precision and relevance of AI in manufacturing.

The 2024 Generative AI Global Benchmark Study reveals a shift in the AI landscape: while the hype is real, adoption is slowing as manufacturers grapple with concerns about the accuracy and reliability of AI-generated responses. 

However, the study also reveals a promising trend: despite slower rollouts, nearly half of manufacturers already report cost benefits from their AI initiatives. This article explores the challenges and solutions for maximizing generative AI investments in the manufacturing industry, with a focus on achieving accuracy and realizing these cost-saving advantages.

“While many manufacturers see the potential benefits of generative AI, challenges such as response accuracy and cost are causing them to take a more cautious approach. This is reflected in spending plans, with significantly fewer planning to increase AI investments compared to last year,” said Mike Sinoway, CEO of Lucidworks. “However, above-average reported cost benefits in 2024 could make them more bullish in the coming year. B2B companies and manufacturers have much to gain if they can balance cost and risk to improve efficiency, enhance the buyer experience, and reduce operational costs using generative AI.”

a chart showing the concerns of manufacturers and other industries as they grapple with generative ai accuracy

The High Stakes of Gen AI Inaccuracy in Manufacturing

Manufacturers can’t afford to deploy AI systems that could lead to costly mistakes like incorrect pricing, recommending competitor products, or inaccurate component selection. A recent Lucidworks study shows that 44% of manufacturers are worried about the accuracy of AI-generated responses, a legitimate concern with potentially disastrous consequences. 


Imagine an AI system guiding the selection of critical components for aerospace manufacturing. An imprecise response could lead to disastrous consequences, including product recalls, project failures, and irreparable damage to the company’s reputation.

Addressing these accuracy concerns can unlock significant cost savings, as nearly half of manufacturers are already experiencing.

The Path to Precision: Generative AI Guardrails

The 2024 study of manufacturers and their use of generative AI highlights that while concerns about accuracy may be slowing down AI adoption, the potential for cost savings is a significant motivator. By investing in AI solutions with robust guardrails, manufacturers can not only address accuracy concerns but also unlock the cost benefits that nearly half of their peers are already experiencing.

The solution isn’t abandoning AI but refining it. Generative AI, equipped with robust guardrails, can revolutionize manufacturing processes and drive cost efficiency. These guardrails not only ensure accurate, relevant, and industry-specific responses but also pave the way for the cost benefits many manufacturers are already realizing.

  • Understanding Manufacturing Language: AI systems with guardrails comprehend industry-specific terminology, leading to more precise results and streamlined processes, reducing costs.
  • Contextual Awareness: Guardrails enable AI to understand the context of queries, tailoring responses to the specific task, optimizing workflows, and minimizing wasted resources.
  • Domain-Specific Knowledge Integration: Integrating AI with internal knowledge bases and industry databases enhances the accuracy of AI-generated responses, leading to better decision-making and cost-effective solutions.

Real-World Success: STMicroelectronics

Semiconductor manufacturer STMicroelectronics recognized the importance of search precision and partnered with Lucidworks to ensure a consistent and predictable customer journey with AI-powered search. This strategic move empowered their engineers with access to accurate, relevant information, accelerating innovation and optimizing processes.

“Unlike other solutions on the market, Lucidworks’ AI-powered platform is not a closed black box,” said Alexander Czajor, Director of Digital Marketing at STMicroelectronics. “This allows us to have the control to monitor and tune results — something that is of critical importance to us as a company.”

Did you know Lucidworks clients are more than 2.5x more likely to successfully deploy generative AI initiatives than their peers? 

Lucidworks: Your Strategic Partner for Navigating the Gen AI Landscape

Lucidworks is more than a provider of AI solutions. We’re your strategic partner in navigating the complexities of generative AI. Our expertise goes beyond technology, guiding you through the critical decisions that ensure successful AI implementation and maximize your ROI.

As the 2024 Generative AI Global Benchmark Study reveals, a language model alone isn’t enough. To truly harness the power of generative AI, you need to consider a multitude of factors:

  • Use Case Definition: Identify the most impactful use cases for your business, aligning your AI initiatives with your strategic goals.
  • Data Considerations: Make crucial decisions regarding data sources, security requirements, and the right LLM model to meet your specific needs.
  • Responsiveness and Cost Optimization: Ensure your AI solution delivers the performance your business demands, whether it’s millisecond response times for customer-facing applications or internal knowledge management solutions.

Our comprehensive suite of tools and services includes:

  • Generative AI Guardrails: Lucidworks ensures accurate and relevant AI-generated responses, mitigating risks and building trust in your AI systems.
  • LLM-Agnostic Approach: We leverage our expertise to recommend the best language model for your unique requirements, whether it’s a commercial or open-source solution.
  • Data Security: We prioritize the security and privacy of your data, implementing robust measures to protect sensitive information.

“A language model alone is not a gen AI solution,” said Sinoway. “Once key considerations around security, responsiveness, and cost have been addressed, leaders can define KPIs to track the business case over time. This pathway is how you get beyond 1 in 4 successful initiatives.”

Partner with Lucidworks to move beyond just deploying AI technology. We empower you to make informed decisions, build a future-proof AI strategy, and unlock the full potential of generative AI to transform your manufacturing business.

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