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The Importance of Deburring in the Manufacturing Industry

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In the third quarter of 2019, many in manufacturing are waiting and watching to see where the last half of the year will leave the industry after a slight dip in manufacturing production in April. The 0.2 percent year-on-year drop created a revision from the 0.7 rise in March, according to TradingEconomics.com. U.S. manufacturing production averaged 3.79 percent from 1920-2019, according to the data provider.

Calculations from Trading Economics’ global macro models and its associated analysts shared a forecast for U.S. manufacturing of 2181.00 USD billion. Predictions for the long-term, based on econometric modeling, were expected around 2266.00 U.S. Billion in 2020.

Economics and Politics

Economic predictions for 2020 will also be impacted by the upcoming election year. 2020 is already attracting speculation from political pundits. This election like many others will find candidates looking to ally with voters, exploiting the associated economic element of a stronger manufacturing industry. Some within the political world are already touting a manufacturing comeback, crediting current and proposed tariffs on Chinese goods. Others who aren’t ready to give credit still see an imminent boom. Nevertheless, candidates on both sides of the party aisle are casting their bets on the impact manufacturing will have in the upcoming election as many candidates look to regain votes on manufacturing-centric platforms.

One example of this occurred when former vice-president Joe Biden announced his bid as a 2020 Democratic candidate in May. The announcement took place in front of Pennsylvania union workers. Biden told these potential voters they would likely be instrumental in who ultimately wins the candidacy. Biden is one of many looking to capture the vote of Rust Belt voters who seek stronger economic development and growth.

Importance of Reliable Deburring

With elections come campaign promises. Following the last election, several companies pledged to bring their business back to the U.S. In some cases, the outcome of those promises remains unresolved because of the recent trade wars and tariff stand-offs. Despite this or perhaps because of this, there remains an increasing demand for consumer goods. Lower unemployment and more manufacturing jobs create an associated increase in the production of raw materials manufactured stateside.

With an increase in raw materials comes a greater need for reliable deburring and edge finishing processes. Deburring remains an important and recommended finishing aspect throughout the manufacturing industry. The manufacture of sprockets, gears, camshafts and other parts depend on the trimming and polishing inherent in the deburring process.

Deburring is regularly used in a variety of manufacturing industries from automobile and aircraft to the production of computer parts and in toy manufacturing. Each of these areas rely on deburring and edge finishing to remove rough edges, improve cost and performance and enhance safety and appearance. Throughout the world, deburring is a necessary and expected application within the manufacturing process. As the global economy becomes more interconnected, deburring will remain an important element in the production of quality goods throughout the world.

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The Manufacturing Industry has Reason to be Optimistic in the New Year

manufacturing new yearThe manufacturing industry is kicking off the New Year with cautious optimism. The GDP is expected to remain within the 2 to 3 percent range with a 2.5 percent increase in 2019 and 2.6 percent industry growth. 2019 is also the ninth year of economic expansion, the second longest in U.S. history, according to William Strauss, senior economist and economic adviser for the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.

The pace predicted for the manufacturing industry in 2019 is somewhat faster than that of other segments in the general economy with sales and revenue expected to grow. Part of this increase can be attributed to the health of the industry and an improving competitive position for the U.S. in the global manufacturing market, according to FABTECH, an exhibiting company that showcases what’s new in metal forming, welding, finishing and fabricating.

Not surprisingly, the industry’s top priorities haven’t deviated much from those of the past five years. Industry leaders, tasked with orders from boards and shareholders, will continue to look for ways to grow sales, cut costs and address talent gaps. What is new is a greater emphasis on the use of digital technologies to improve business and a changing focus on teaming artificial intelligence (AI) and the human element of business. Leaders surveyed in KPMG’s 8th edition of the Global Manufacturing Outlook report stressed the importance of looking at AI as a partnership with human intelligence. The blend of AI and the human element will put an increased focus on the need for extensive retraining and educating workers on new roles.

Impact of AI on Workforce

64% say it will create more jobs than it eliminates

36% say it will eliminate more jobs than it creates

Building Partnerships

Such an approach will require new partnerships that extend inside and outside the industry. Manufacturers will need to continue to look for ways to build up a pipeline for new workers. This will be necessary as more Baby Boomers retire from the industry, leaving an information drain that could be difficult to replace.

Companies will also need to build and maintain strong supply chain partnerships on more than a handshake and prior contracts. KPMG stressed that with the threat of cyber security it will be more important for a business to know who they are considering a partnership with. The safety of a company’s data will only be as secure as those connected to the data throughout the supply chain. This includes the use of intrusion detection and a firewall to protect the perimeter from outside attack, secure communications through a VPN or SSL, increased securing measures using intrusion-detection software and network elements and upgraded monitoring systems.

Other Possible Obstacles to Growth

Higher inflation

More stringent immigration policies

Tariffs impacting trade protectionism

NAFTA uncertainty

Rising borrowing costs

By applying a mindset of digital and embracing the human element of business, the manufacturing industry can continue to adapt to customer needs in a changing competitor landscape.

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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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