Analysts say that the use of robots has moved away from the large, expensive machines used for the most recent years in industries such as the automotive sector, to much more complicated robots that are more capable of completing more complex tasks. This enhances the competition inside the economy, basically providing a staple to go off of. Without scaling up to competition, companies can have severe, negative impacts as a result of not competing with industry innovation. According to Boston Consulting Group, investment into robots will rise 2-to-3 percent annually. Taking away one of the major staples to the manufacturing industry, and having blue-collar working people, would stop this annual growth and have an impact on the economy and competition.
Job-specific training brings value to companies but can be very complicated when it comes to making sure every worker has had the best training possible to effectively produce the best products for customers. Especially in the manufacturing industry, efficiency is key and if products are not consistent with quality, they will be worse off in the economy.
Easier to work with. Robotic automation is much easier to work with than humans. Robots don’t require coaching or ongoing training. Once one Robot is trained to do the work, all other robots immediately learn the same things. Robots don’t require the same supervision as humans and can work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, without a break.
NPR Planet Money Correspondent Adam Davidson tackled the issue of manufacturing in the United States by examining the history of manufacturing in one town-Greenvile County, South Carolina. Greenvile used to be a textile manufacturing town where communities were defined by what factory you worked for. The jobs were great for people with little education. It was common for people to drop out of high school in order to start work. Manufacturing jobs in the United States was always a great option for people who might be unable or unwilling to go to college and get a law or business degree. Manufacturing gave a certain sect of the American population a chance at the American Dream. Over the years, as textile manufacturing jobs continued to be outsourced overseas, the factories began to close.
The most commonly used robot designs for industrial use are the articulated, SCARA and gantry types. Predominant type of industrial robots in use is a robot arm, which are very independent. Unimation were pioneers in producing industrial robots. These appliances are designed by connecting communication cables to the Ethernet, FireWire, or serial ports of a computer.