Automation has doubled in global manufacturing

Tech Xplore | July 15, 2019

Automation has doubled in global manufacturing
The use of robots in US manufacturing has more than tripled over the two decades, and has doubled in the rest of the world, replacing certain categories of worker, according to a report published Monday. As of 2017, automation in the United States had risen to 1.8 robots for every 1,000 workers from just 0.5 recorded 22 years earlier, according to research by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. The report found the highest prevalence of robots in the auto sector, with France in the lead, followed by the United States and Germany. Automation has eroded the number of intermediate middle-skill occupations, while the share of high-skill and low-skill positions has grown, it said.

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Manufacturing is the last step in your product development pathway, but it can certainly be the trickiest. Navigating the waters of ever-changing contracts, hidden costs and manufacturing surprises is never something a company, whether large or small, looks forward to. Focus Product Design has partners on site in China who work with us to deliver finished products at the highest quality possible. We spend extensive time working closely with them every aspect, from engineering to tooling and design.

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