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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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Manufacturing in Canada is A Substantial Contributor to Their GDP

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Canada has a very important manufacturing industry and is among the wealthiest nations in the world with a purchasing power of $1.75 trillion and a nominal GDP of $1.6 trillion, ranking it the 10th largest GDP in 2016. Canada is also known to be one of the countries with a highest economic freedom index. The Canadian economy, as the economy of most developed countries, is dominated by the tertiary sector, where about three-quarters of Canadians are employed.

Today, manufactured products account for 11 percent of the Canadian GDP. It is the second largest economic sector after real estate.  In Canada, manufacturing is a well-paying and high-skilled sector that pays about 1.85 billion dollars weekly to Canadians, which is more than any other sector in the country. It benefits about 1.7 million Canadian workers through full-time jobs and it also impacts about 3 million indirect jobs. Canadian manufactured products represented 61% of total merchandises exported by Canada.

Autos and Aircraft

The top manufacturing sector by sales in Canada is transportation equipment which generates $112.6 billion annually. Canada is home to major automobile makers from the United States, Japan and different Canadian firms such as Magna International and Linamar Corporation. However, Canada produces much more than just cars and motorcycles. They also provide a significant amount of jets.  For example, Bombardier Inc. is a Canadian multinational aerospace and transportation company and the third largest manufacturer of commercial aircraft in the world.

Food Processing

The second most important manufacturing industry is food processing which sold more than $107.1 billion each year since 2014. Companies such as Beaver Buzz (energy drinks and teas), Just Us! Coffee Roasters Co-op (Coffee), DavidsTea (teas) represent the largest companies in this sector. The US is the largest purchaser of Canadian food products buying more than half of all food exports. Their stricter regulations of GMOs-free and organic specialty foods have made them a primary producer for the US health food market.

Energy

Petroleum and natural gas products are responsible for generating 83.1 billion of the Canadian economy. In fact, Canada has the third-largest oil reserves in the world and is the fifth largest oil producer. There are about a dozen of oil companies in Canada and among the most important are Imperial Oil, Shell Canada, and Suncor Energy. Guess who buys the majority of Canadian petroleum and petroleum product exports? The US, of course. In fact, Canada is the largest source of US petroleum imports.

The key to understanding the prosperous Canadian economy is the development of the manufacturing industry. Canada has been focused on having one of the most educated labor forces, which is an important basis to sustain the development of the economy and the welfare of the population. With a well-developed infrastructure since the 1960’s, Canadian industry has thrived. The investment and growth of this sector have allowed the promotion of technology and other public projects further fueling wealth and stability.

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Manufacturing Growth in France Could Propel it to Number 3 in The World

French Manufacturing

France is the fourth largest industrial manufacturer in the world. Twenty percent of their GDP comes from industrial manufacturing, and their success shows no sign of slowing. With an annual growth rate of 0.5%, manufacturing serves as a primary source of income and an essential piece of the economy. As the tenth largest economy in the world, Frances boasts a $2,699 trillion GDP and a 1.1% GDP real growth (2016).

One of the keys to French manufacturing success is the diversity of products they produce. With their strength in technological innovation and knowledge, they can produce goods in almost any industry:  food products, chemicals and pharmaceuticals, textiles, vehicles, metallurgy, and machinery. Today, we talk about French industries with the most significant contributions to their global standing.

Gourmet Food and Wine

The French have always been famous for their food, but maybe you didn’t know about their food and beverage manufacturing and exports. They produce and export gourmet and artisan cheeses (as the second largest producer after the US), wines (as the second biggest producer after Italy), meats, and bread.

This industry plays a major role in the economy by employing more than 500,000 French workers across more than 11,000 companies. The beverage sector alone contributes more than 11 billion euros in annual revenue. Such products are particularly beneficial because they add value to local agriculture while strengthening trade agreements. Nearly 30 percent of all food and beverage exports are sent outside of the EU, particularly to Asia and North America. Trade agreements continue to open a variety of other relationship possibilities.

Chemicals and Pharmaceuticals

France’s Chemicals and Pharmaceuticals industry occupies sixth place in the world. Their production of basic, specialty, and fine chemicals earn the country prestige only behind China, the US, Japan, Germany, and South Korea. Specifically, France is THE world leader in cosmetics and perfumes.

While they export these chemicals primarily within the EU, they also export to parts of Asia. Nearly 3,500 chemical and pharmaceutical companies employ over 156,000 people to produce around $110 billion Euros in revenue. These sales alone speak for the significance in the French economy.

 Automotive Investment

France produces an average of 4 million vehicles each year. This places them as the 5th largest automotive producer in the EU. However, their innovation is the industry is well-known and highly regarded.

To the same end, the sector is a magnet for foreign investment which makes it a priority industry for the French government. In recent years, they have redirected policies to aid the development of auto manufacturing while benefiting both local and foreign investors.

This year, France continued to maintain their PMI above 50, which firmly places manufacturing as a primary element of their economy. In addition, the data shows a steady rise in production volume, exports, and employment growth. While France currently sits in a strong global manufacturing position, all indicators point to their continuing ability to flourish with innovative technology, skilled workers, and diverse products. With all market trends pointing up, they may be headed to the top three soon.

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