May 5, 2017
In the recent national elections much was made of the loss of American manufacturing jobs (7 million since the peak employment year of 1979). Most politicians place the blame squarely on unfair trade policies and lower offshore labor costs. Although these certainly were contributing factors, according to the Department of Commerce, the reality is this: Despite employing fewer workers, manufacturing output in the U.S. has actually doubled since 1979 to an adjusted-for-inflation $1.91 trillion in 2015.
How is it possible that the country is manufacturing more goods with fewer people? Because American companies have learned to make quality parts and products faster and at a lower cost by applying improved technologies – including factory automation. Automation, of course, is also creating new manufacturing jobs, albeit those requiring different and more sophisticated skill sets than previous ones.
Some manufacturers have been reluctant to embrace automation. In fact, it’s estimated that industrial robots are used in only 10% of manufacturing functions that could be automated. If you’ve been putting off investing in automating some or all of your production, now is the time to get on board. Here are 3 reasons why:
Gosiger and Gosiger Automation are uniquely positioned to help manufacturers take first steps into or expand factory automation. Along with the right equipment, technical service and training, Gosiger has 95+ years of manufacturing technology experience, including designing and installing hundreds of factory automation systems. To learn more, contact your nearest Gosiger facility.