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of sales for Lothar’s Industrial Sales/
Witte North America, believes the
skilled-labor crisis will speed up the
adoption of robotics, revolutionizing
workplaces around the country.
In 2015, Bloomberg ranked 51
jobs according to their deadliness.
The rankings were based on
fatalities per 100,000 employees in
that ﬁeld. The 21st deadliest job was
industrial machinery workers, with a
fatality rate of 11.81 per 100,000.
“I believe the next big thing in
machinery will be robotic equipment
for cutting, welding and corner cleaning,
as manufacturers are having a difﬁcult
time ﬁnding skilled workers,” she says.
“With the introduction of the nication and software providers,”
One manufacturer is already using RC-2000, GED became the ﬁrst compa- says Sharmila Annaswamy, industri-
robots for corner cleaning to great ny to use robots for cleaning as a part al automation and process control
of the window manufacturing process,” research analyst at Forrester. “By 2023,
GED Integrated Solutions Inc. said Gustavo Sepulveda, the robotics the global industrial robotics market
recently won ABB Robotics’ “Most general manager at ABB–United States. is expected to reach $70.26 billion.”
Innovative Solution” Award for its “They have been able to apply some
Roboclean (RC-2000) robotic twin- innovative approaches to automate a It’s Time to Spend
head vinyl corner cleaning system.
process that had previously been con-
sidered unsuitable for automation.”
Most machinery makers who spoke
to DWMsaid the housing rebound is
And while GED is seeing success leading to increased demand for their
with its robotic corner cleaner, custom- products.
Mr. Roboto …
ers are demanding more. Much more.
“Our American customers seem
“They’re always asking ’what other to be purchasing more fabrication
It’s easy—and politically popu-
lar—to blame China or Mexico for
the loss of American manufacturing
jobs, but a recent report from Ball
State University points the ﬁnger
at robots, which are driving massive
gains in productivity even as they
put people out of work.
From 2000-2010, the U.S. saw
the largest decline in manufacturing
employment in history, the report
ﬁnds, with about 88 percent of the
jobs lost to robots and other factors
such as automation. (Trade accounted
for about 13 percent of job losses.)
But from 2006 to 2013, manufac-
turing output grew by 17.6 percent,
according to the report. The reason?
machines or processes can utilize a equipment and tooling as they look
robot, or robotic technology to auto- forward with an optimistic outlook
mate?’” says Joe Shaheen, director of on the future market,” says Colberg,
sales and marketing at GED Integrated whose company is based in Canada.
else can be automated? How can we get idential door and window demand in
more throughput with less labor?’” the U.S. is projected to rise 6 percent
Because of the housing surge, res-
As more robotic and automated per year through 2020 to $25.6 bil-
systems become available, the ability lion, according to research from the
to integrate with software in the plant Freedonia Group, a Cleveland-based
only grows in importance.
industry research ﬁrm.
“One new feature we are starting
“Yes, since 2014 we have seen high-
to offer is remote monitoring of over- er demand,” says Donohue.
all equipment efﬁciency, or OEE,” says
Michael Bifﬂ, national sales man-
Morgan Donohue, vice president at ager for Sturtz, says he’s seeing a lot of
Erdman Automation. “We can gather requests for replacement machinery.
data and inform customers of things
“A combination of the market
such as units produced, machine down- growth and the amount of old equip-
time, etc. Another highly sought-after ment in the market is leading to high
feature is VPN remote access for pro- demand for new equipment in the
The growth in production per
worker played a signiﬁcant role
in the last decade’s change
in manufacturing employ-
ment,” the report found.
gramming changes offsite.”
PVC fenestration industry,” he says.
Manufacturing worldwide is being “Most manufacturers are seeing sig-
disrupted by cloud-based comput- niﬁcant increases in their sales, which
ing, the “Internet of Things” and the by itself is creating demand. On top
growing use of data analytics—and of that, many companies are using
it’s poised to become a huge business. equipment that is 10-15 years old and
The convergence of information they want to upgrade to newer, more
technology and operations technolo- efﬁcient technology.”
gy will drive collaborations between
robot manufacturers and commu-
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