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Robotics in Manufacturing Will Create New Opportunities

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Almost everyone knows that the future lies in automation. Industrial robotics leads the way for most manufacturing economies around the world. And now, the use of robotics in manufacturing is showing promise and growth in the United States as well.

Advanced and specialized manufacturing has become a necessary part of our industry’s expansion. The days of reserving robotics exclusively for the automotive industry are gone. We need them in every form of manufacturing, from precision defense-based manufacturing to small and medium sized enterprises. Robotics are continuously changing and revolutionizing the industry by becoming smarter, more efficient, and more cost-effective. Nevertheless, fears about the consistency of work and the need for human labor continue to rise in response to the presence of advanced manufacturing.

What can automation do and why so much popularity recently?

Imagine robots being trained by people to do tasks, adapting at whatever difficulty, and even creating new practical approaches towards outdated methods. This requires a huge investment in research in everything from sensor technologies to artificial intelligence. The old robot was unilateral, not adaptable, and could cause danger in human interaction. The industrial robot of tomorrow should think creatively alongside humans, to solve problems. It should also solve multiple tasks and could oversee everything from testing products to packaging.

What does Collaboration look like?

This integration of robots as a primary part of the manufacturing industry will also change how we see our employee and management roles in the workplace. While market moguls like Mark Cuban (who recently demanded that President Trump invests over $100 Billion in robotics research) require an increase in automation, Cuban and his contemporaries also see the role of the human laborer changing. STEM abilities come into play with design, engineering, and technology interaction based capacities for the future manufacturing worker. Soft skills also become desirable for future employees in the transition towards automation. Programming is necessary, but finding creative solutions to the problems that will arise in that future economy is more pivotal. Humans will work with automated robotics in the future mechanical manufacturing industry, and not only in repairs.

 Job Taker or Creator?

So, is the market going to be overtaken by “bot-sourcing?” The chances are that while you’ll see more robots on the manufacturing floor, you’ll also see humans at their side providing skills and abilities that robots may not have. The role of the human worker will not disappear, but change to fit with automation technologies. This means we need to train a future workforce to be adaptable and embrace the robotics revolution that is here.

 

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Manufacturing’s PMI Momentum Slows in February

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The Manufacturing Purchasers Managers’ Index (PMI) for the month of February indicates a decrease in optimism for the manufacturing and service sectors. A PMI produced by surveying the purchasing executives of about 300 companies. The objective of the PMI is to indicate the growth of the industry by gauging the activity of production managers in the market. The market indicator is based on a reading in which 50 indicates no change, below 50 indicates a loss for the month, and above 50 represents expansion compared to the previous month.

This month’s PMI stood at 54.3. That’s a drop from last month’s 55.

(source: http://marketrealist.com/2017/02/february-flash-manufacturing-pmi-indicate-united-states/ )

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The expectation for February was that the PMI would follow the steady increase of the gauge that had continued since November. February’s PMI was predicted to rise to 55.3 but fell short of expectations.

Production rates grew slower this month than last month while new order growth and output showed a minimal increase. Domestic demand is critical towards showing improvement in the PMI analysis, and some investors may be starting to demonstrate concern about overall economic growth.

The PMI is important to not only investors but to the manufacturing industry’s decisions. Production decisions are made using this gauge, new order purchase decisions and the purchase of raw materials required for the process. Suppliers also invest in PMI analysis to set prices and predict demand for its products. The decrease of new orders indicated in this month’s

PMI may mean that manufacturers may have to lower prices and demand lower cost for parts purchasing.

All in all, this month’s PMI did demonstrate an increase in payroll figures, and the economy overall has shown a 2.5% increase. For now, there’s nothing to cause extreme worry and this month could be an indicator of preparation from manufacturers in the United States for the upcoming months. After the recent continual increase, there is a bit of blow back this month with the loss of momentum.  We are still resting on an overall general increase in the PMI. However, it’s clear from these results that the industry is responding to the ever-changing climate of the market.

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An Upbeat Message Given During the State of Manufacturing Tour

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Recently, throughout the United States, there has been a lot of talk about the importance of manufacturing in the American economy. The manufacturing industry provides quality products and jobs to millions of workers with families as well as a firm foundation for our economic prosperity and growth. This same message is being delivered by the State of Manufacturing tour this year. It started February 23rd in Austin, Texas, continues today in Pittsburgh, and will end tomorrow in Madison, Wisconsin. Its goal is to motivate a real change in the way we view manufacturing, from new and upcoming workers to the laborers that have been in the industry for years looking to adapt towards the modernization process. To do this, the State of Manufacturing tour kicked off this year with its new slogan “Be the Solution.”

The tour went through many of the country’s industrial hubs in Texas, New York, Michigan, and Ohio. One such visit included Covestro’s and G.E.’s facilities in Pittsburgh. The tour started in Red Rock, Texas where Jay Timmons, CEO and President of the National Association of Manufacturers (N.A.M.) spoke of the “story of modern manufacturing.” Its narrative is extensive and ingrained within the millions of people involved in the manufacturing economy of the United States.  These individuals and their families, their towns, their regions rely on the strength of manufacturing to provide them with jobs and stimulate their local economies.

Mr. Timmons and N.A.M. are sending the message that the revitalization of the manufacturing economy is coming and we as manufacturers must be prepared to be part of the solution. And though there is a lot to navigate in the uncharted terrain of modern manufacturing, there are companies in the United States that are easing this transition for workers. Upscaling jobs as technological development increases, upskilling jobs as the need to increment workers’ abilities rises, and preparing those jobs for full-proof stability in the future for workers: this is the message of N.A.M. for today’s companies. And corporations are following suit, changing policies and prioritizing the innovation of American manufacturing to prepare it for the future.

N.A.M. coordinates with business leaders to help advance current policy-making decisions in D.C. and to communicate and facilitate these necessary steps towards the future of American manufacturing. The State of Manufacturing Tour this year has been a great motivation for American workers and companies to be involved in this process, providing a solid base for the men and women of modern American manufacturing.

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