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A.R.M.’D For The Next Wave: Advancing Robotics in Manufacturing
We know two things for certain about U.S. manufacturing. The industry must become more advanced to stay competitive globally, and manufacturers need to keep employees employable by educating them to keep up to date with technological advances.
In this day and age, “advanced” means adapting to, and using, robots in the manufacturing process and keeping employees current about working with robots.
But doesn’t manufacturing with robots mean fewer jobs for people? “Not in the least,” Jay Douglass firmly points out. Jay is the COO at Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM), a national non-profit with ties to Carnegie Mellon University. “With more robots,” he emphasizes, “manufacturing will need more employees with different skills and education to operate them, to supervise operations, and to exercise control on the manufacturing shop floor.”