Thanks to automation, despite the erosion in this economic sector of the U.S., statistics from the Bureau of Economic Analysis show that we’re still the world’s second largest manufacturer.
In fact, it’s sixteen percent more than we were doing in 2000 despite the dot-com bubble, the recession and job losses in manufacturing.
It’s all due to the new age of automation. If it weren’t for robots or their siblings, our goods would cost more, the quality would be less and we wouldn’t be able to compete against low-wage Asian manufacturers.
We are producing more by 74% since 2000 because twice as many good per hour are possible by line workers than in l991. The modern car factory has few workers, for example. Machines do the heavy lifting but if an error is spotted, a worker does the fixing.
A Colville Librarian gave a presentation recently about the new digital library. She showed a new-age looking photo of the new out-of-world 3-D printers.
Automation operates across a broad range of industries. Just a short list shows minerals and mining, IT software, food and beverages, products and solutions in the biofuels and ethanol industry.
If an industry doesn’t use automation, retailing as an example, it won’t see these same productivity gains
This year global industrial automation is expected to grow at least ten percent with the biggest leaps coming from Middle East, Southeast Asia and Eastern Europe. Chinese car makers want to sell their cars in the U.S. but in order to do so they’ll have to improve the quality and one of the ways is by automating their factories.
Li Shaohui, who oversees automatic control engineering for Great Wall Motors, has said, “To beat those competitors, we have no choice but to use a higher level of equipment and technology.” But not only is their auto industry considering automation, but every factory in their country . . . medical equipment, food processing, etc. Only 28 percent of their factories are automated now. But expects say that China will get up to speed with automation and so will Brazil and every other emerging country.
Everywhere economic development is on the horizon. So what if the U.S. has used up most of its cheap arable land and most woman are out in the work force, we’re sprinting to the head of the manufacturing pack with automation.
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