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Robots + Humans Collaborating on The Manufacturing Floor = “Cobots”

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Throughout the manufacturing industry, the density of robots continues to rise around the world. Such technological applications help free up time for tasks requiring creativity and thought. According to the International Federation of Robotics, there is an average of 74 robot units per 10,000 employees. This includes the high end of 99 units in Europe, 84 in the Americas and 63 in Asia.

Countries by Level of Automation

Republic of Korea

Singapore

Germany

Japan

Sweden

Denmark

United States

Italy

Belgium

Taiwan

Robot Density

Since 2016, robot density continues to grow, as represented by the United States’ No. 7 rank in the countries of automation list above. Robots have been part of ongoing efforts to strengthen the American market and keep manufacturing at home. The automotive industry leads the way in the use of robots and it’s anticipated that between 2017 and 2020 the use of robots will rise 15 percent each year on average, according to a report from the International Federation of Robotics.

Manufacturing Collaboration

Despite some fears of robots replacing jobs, robots are now a common scene in many factories as robots and humans learn to co-exist. One of the ways this is happening is through Robotic Process Automation or RPA. With technological similarities to graphical user interface testing tools, RPA tools can automate interactions with the graphical user interface. RPA can also mimic the task-based processes, speeding up repetitive tasks and freeing up humans for interaction and the application of intelligence, judgement and reasoning. With the potential to fully automate routine tasks, RPA can reduce the total cost of end-to-end transactional processes by 50 percent to 75 percent, according to an RPA release from The Hackett Group, a global strategy, operations and business application consulting firm.

Collaborations on the manufacturing floor also include self-navigating Autonomous Indoor Vehicles, which shift goods between workstations without the need for magnets or beacons. This joint work between human and robot was coined “cobot” by professors from Northwestern University and is being tested at Cornell Dubilier, a power manufacturer who is using robots to speed up the inspection of capacitor installations, doubling the speed of its labeling process.

Growing Demand in RPA

The behind-the-scenes aspect of RPA translates into a variety of applications from supply chains, interactions between IT systems and repetitive business office tasks. Adoption will necessitate an increasing level of comfort for manufacturers concerning robotics and artificial intelligence’s. It remains to be seen how quickly companies will embrace these technologies, but such adoption has the potential to revolutionize the industry and the work of those employed within it.

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Great Inventions & Manufacturing Have Always Been a Part of New Jersey

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From air conditioning to bubble wrap, New Jersey has been the land of great inventions and manufacturing, which go hand in hand, for a very long time.

When we check the stats on New Jersey manufacturing, it’s easy to understand why they’re one of the top states in the country.

21 Fortune 500 companies call New Jersey home.

Johnson & Johnson, Campbell soups, and Goya foods dominate their respective industries and are headquartered here.

The manufacturing sector contributes to 7.8 percent of the state domestic product with over 7,222 units.

The sector contributes around $28.72 billion to the state’s exports.

Accounts for 245,000 jobs. These employees represent around 6.1 percent of New Jersey’s labor force.

The total output of the state’s manufacturing industry is around $44.52 billion.

The average annual compensation of an employee is $90,540.

**Sources from Center for Manufacturing Research

The chemical industry is the largest contributor to New Jersey manufacturing. In fact, nearly 18 percent of the statewide industrial sector consists of chemical industries. The sector employs around 49,000 workers and pays salaries well above the state average. Chemicals contribute around 37 percent of New Jersey’s total manufacturing output with the chemical industry generally divided into four sub-sectors:  pharmaceutical & medicine, cleaning compounds, toiletries, and paint, coating & adhesives.

New Jersey also has a long and a rich history within the food industry. It is home to Campbell Soup, one of the world’s leading food companies. This company rose to fame after John T. Dorrance developed the first condensed soup. One of the most significant Hispanic food companies, Goya Foods, also has been a cornerstone of the state’s business community since 1974. More recently, Goya unveiled its new state-of-the-art corporate headquarters in Jersey City as part of a $250 million investment. With another 1900 companies employing around 44,000 people, the state’s food industry is worth approximately $105 billion.

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North Carolina’s Manufacturing Industry is Taking Flight

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The first flight that gave us the wings to fly was the invention of two brothers in the state of North Carolina but now it’s the manufacturing industry’s turn to fly. While this is perhaps their most proud contribution, it doesn’t stop there. The state has seen various inventions that became household items for generations to come–Vicks Vaporub, the Barcode system or our beloved Coca-Cola. Like its invention history, North Carolina has a rich heritage in the manufacturing industry too.

Manufacturing Facts

Employing 10.6 percent of the total workforce, the manufacturing sector contributes around 20 percent of the state’s total revenue. Last year, the manufacturing industry generated a revenue of $100.07 billion. The average annual income of a manufacturing employee was $69,417. With 460,200 manufacturing employees, manufacturing is one of the most crucial income sources for the State.

When it comes to further classification of the state’s manufacturing arena, chemical products bag first place with an income or approximately $ 27,738 million. Food, beverage and tobacco products, along with computers & electronics come in second and third place with revenues of $18,839 & $9,855 million respectively. Other significant industries include machinery, transportation equipment & textile products.

Manufacturing Exports

In 2016,  the manufacturing sector contributed $28.06 billion through trade to the state’s economy. That same year, the Free trade Agreement (FTA) partners deposited $21.03 billion. Small businesses contributed to around 88 percent of total exports which demonstrate the underlying potential of  North Carolina’s manufacturing sector.

Chemical Products Manufacturing

Several major chemical companies such as BASF, DuPont, Bayer Crop Science, Procter & Gamble, and Clorox have pushed North Carolina to reach new heights. With an investment of $1.6 billion in chemical, plastics & pharmaceuticals manufacturing units, the state is planning to give a significant boost to this sector. After an 18 percent contribution by the chemicals and plastic industry to the state’s GDP from 2005 to 2014, there are around 993 firms in North Carolina, with over 75,000 jobs created. Today, the state stands as the 5th best industrial workforce across the country. It has a high growth rate of 1.5 which is well above the national average, with around 20,500 STEM degrees and certification courses conferred annually in the state.

Chemical Manufacturers Investment

Increased demand for DuPont’s Sorona means a big investment in North Carolina. By adding $30 million to its existing plant in Lenoir County in North Carolina, the company plans to extend its current capacity of 750 employees.  It’s the reason the Governor stated, “DuPont is North Carolina’s best-known employer.”

The major chemical company Albemarle, plans to invest $10.5 million over a period of the next five years and create 170-200 jobs. Impressed with the initiative, North Carolina Commerce Secretary Anthony M. Copeland said, “Albemarle Corporation is a global leader and has made the right decision to expand in North Carolina.”

The state that invented and manufactured airplanes also sustains the needs of society with basic household products. The North Carolina manufacturing sector improves the fabric of our country and is well-deserving to be on our list of the best manufacturing states in the nation.

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