Assembly Inspection. Proper part assembly is essential to any manufacturing process. Poorly assembled parts lead to malfunctioning, unsafe products. Machine vision systems equipped with fast, fixed focus cameras and LED illumination continuously inspect parts during assembly to verify the presence of characteristic features, and instruct robots to remove defect items from the production line.
These are most commonly used in Japan, Western Europe and the United States. Some tasks robots perform include loading, casting, drilling, glass making, grinding, heat treatments, monitoring radiation, etc. In modern times, due to rise in complexities and demand for higher and competent productivity, industrial robots are gaining popularity. The use of robots has helped industrial development to grow in leaps and bounds, well beyond expectations.
The idea of bringing back manufacturing jobs to have people, not robots, perform specific tasks to complete production would have a significant impact on the current state of the worldwide economy. The day and age of having only people perform automated jobs is over and Donald J. Trump will fail to bring back what he promised. This transition won’t appear to be cost-effective, the required high-tech relevant training will be scarce, and the worldwide economy would have less incentive to globalize.
In most cases companies are attracted to offshore manufacturing because of the tax breaks offered by the host. Also, some home countries do not levy taxes on profits made from overseas manufacturing as long as the profit does not come into the country. This is the other intoxicating factor that makes many companies to invest overseas so as to avoid this taxation.
For companies to succeed, along with trying to create a fully employed economy, the biggest factor is cost efficiency. More and more companies rely on the cheapest alternative to produce outputs, in hopes of earning profits. Boston Consulting Group reports that it costs roughly $8 an hour to use a robot for spot welding in the auto industry, compared to $25 for a worker.
Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machining is another form of automation used in the U.S. manufacturing industry. CNC machines are typically lathes that machine parts used in automobiles, for instance. To operate a CNC machine requires not only machinist skills but programming skills. Just go to any online job board and search for CNC machinist jobs and a job seeker will find hundreds if not thousands of open CNC jobs. Don’t let anyone tell you that the U.S. manufacturing industry is dying. It isn’t. But it’s a high technology business that requires a high technology employee.