The Expanding World of Robotics

More manufacturing operations have robots working on the line today. The army of robots is growing rapidly as 1.7 million new industrial robots are projected to be in operation by 2020.

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The automation of production is accelerating around the world: 74 robot units per 10,000 employees is the new average of global robot density in the manufacturing industries.

Robotics are no longer reserved for a few manufacturing applications. The International Federation of Robotics says between 2015 and 2016, the average number of robot workers globally increased from 66 units per 10,000 human workers to 74.

Robots are at work in a wide range of industries including transportation, retail, medicine, agriculture and much more. The nation with the most robots at work is South Korea with 631 robots per 10,000 human workers. The International Federation of Robotics says this is due to the large number of robots at work in automotive and electronics manufacturing.

Singapore follows, with 488 installed robots for every 10,000 people. About 90% of robots in Singapore are installed in the electronics industry according to the International Federation of Robotics.

Germany is Europe’s most automated country, ranking third worldwide. It has 309 robot workers per 10,000 people.

The newest robots and automation manufacturers from all over the world will be on display at automatica 2018 June 19th through the 22nd in Munich. You can delve into the world of automation and learn more about automatica 2018 online at https://automatica-munich.com/index-2.html

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Traffic Congestion & Gridlock Challenges Many Small Businesses

Gridlock is a challenge impacting many small businesses and their employees.  It is not only traffic jams during commute time concerning business owners.  Increased traffic congestion is eating into the bottom lines of small firms that rely on transportation to run their businesses.  Congestion on the nation’s roads is estimated to cost the American economy $87.2 billion annually, according to testimony before Congress.

At a recent hearing of the House Small Business Committee’s Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight, entrepreneurs discussed traffic congestion challenges, and expressed hope for relief in the upcoming highway bill.

 “As Congress writes the Surface Transportation Reauthorization Act, I want to make sure that we are taking small businesses’ needs into account,” Congressman Jason Altmire (D-PA-) said. “Congestion on our nation’s highways reduces productivity and inflates production costs for small businesses everyday. The Surface Transportation Reauthorization Act would both create good paying jobs and provide small businesses with the 21st Century infrastructure they need.”

Congress is in the process of writing the Surface Transportation Reauthorization Act. Witnesses stressed the importance of small business participation, citing the fact that small firms comprise the vast majority of the construction and manufacturing sectors.

According to a study by the Associated Equipment Distributors, every dollar of direct spending on heavy construction equipment–the kind used for infrastructure projects–puts $3.19 back into the economy. In 2007, $10.2 billion in direct spending for the purchase of these tools generated $92 billion in direct earnings, and supported over 262,000 jobs.