Automation has been getting a bad reputation recently. There are a lot of fears in the job market about America’s preparedness for handling the robotics revolution that is coming.
It’s obvious this is where the manufacturing industry in the U.S. is headed. Our counterparts in Asia seem to have gotten it right, robotics is the future of manufacturing, and our factories will have to fall in line with this inevitability. The question is not when is this revolution coming, but how it will change the face of manufacturing forever. Read the signs and what you’ll see is that most manufacturing and additive manufacturing will be more design-based, more intelligent, and cheaper through the changes in automation.
Market innovators and robotic engineers are pleading for further investment in robotics research. But there is a lot of push-back on this initiative because of the affect it might have on the job market. The need for humans will change, and so must their skills when this robotic revolution comes. Employees training in the STEM curriculum will be critical in the future. Designers, engineers, and all who work with technology will be handsomely rewarded in the job market. Interactive collaboration and creative programming will lead to a human-automated workforce. This means soft skills in manufacturing will be urgently sought after more than the old-school factory worker.
What Automation Will Do
The time when automation was exclusive to the automotive industry is long gone. Now automation is everywhere, as it should be, enhancing the production of quality products and adding diversity to the product market. From defense contractors to small and mid-size manufacturers, robotics is changing the approache towards the art of making “stuff.” With the age of artificial intelligence on its way, the robot will now be able to multitask and learn entirely new abilities. Who will teach it? Humans, of course. But the future of automation comes with a robot that will be adaptable to all situations in the workplace and will have the capacity to give product processing a more human touch.
Future of Manufacturing Jobs
“Bot-sourcing” has been labeled a bit of an ugly word recently, and a lot of people are worried about the changing market in manufacturing. But robots will not be able to work alone, and manufacturers will need new skillsets in the workplace from their human workforce. The revolution will not be led by a hegemony of robotic workers, but instead by a team of designers and critical thinkers always improving and innovating the automated processes of a manufacturing company.
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