The Washington Post reported that over the last 10 years the United States lost more than a quarter of its manufacturing jobs. Although we are all aware it’s cheaper to manufacture products overseas, Washington Post reporter Peter Whoriskey explains that Asia is producing an ever-increasing workforce armed with engineering doctorates. China and other Asian countries are also flowing millions of dollars into high tech research in order to compete with the tech industry in the United States. For example, over the last 10 years China doubled the number of engineering doctorates awarded.
Manufacturing plants are frequently long aisles of nothing but robots, no human in sight. Beyond industrial robots that repeat actions, more intelligent robots loaded with sensors, cameras, and intelligent software are able to automate process using controllers to manage action. Use of microprocessors provides a measure of intelligent control over the activity of the robot based on input from the sensors and the cameras.
Characteristic features include screws, pins, fuses, and other electrical components. Machine vision systems also check for missing slots or holes, which can prevent proper assembly. Inspection takes just seconds, even with a huge variety of different parts, allowing manufacturers to maintain high levels of efficiency and productivity.
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Offshore manufacturing is a business aspect where an entrepreneur relocates or sets his/her manufacturing plant in another country where conditions of manufacturing like labor and raw materials are more cheaper or where the manufacturing environment is more favorable for export and/or eventual import to the manufacturer’s home country.