All of us have been hearing about “bringing back jobs to the USA” and some respondents to this have said that more jobs are lost to automation than by factories moving out of the country.
Now I’m not here to debate this, but what I do know is that some companies and jobs are returning to the US due to a number of factors and that manufacturing companies are looking more closely at implementing some type of automation within their processes. This automation can be anything from incoming calls being directed to certain areas, material handling tasks, repetitive processing, inspection; heck, with driver-less vehicles and drones it could include transportation. But, in the words of quarterback Aaron Rogers “R-E-L-A-X”, I found this article very insightful about where automation can occur and the consequences of the implementation.
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Jim Johnson, Consultant at Insyte, has more than 30 years of diverse manufacturing experience in engineering, project management, new product development and continuous improvement. Prior to joining Insyte, Jim held a variety of engineering positions at Greatbatch, Fisher-Price and General Motors. He is an active senior member of the Institute of Industrial Engineers. Jim is certified as a Professional Business Advisor through MEP University, is an ISO provisional lead auditor, and a trainer in lean manufacturing initiatives. He is on the Board of Advisors of RIT’s Industrial and Systems Engineering Department. Jim holds an MS in Industrial Engineering from the University at Buffalo and a BS in Industrial Engineering from RIT.