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January 2013

“Onshoring with Automation” Featured on

Automation GT’s article on the emerging onshoring trend has been featured on, a news source for automation industry professionals and system integrators. features the latest technology and products in manufacturing and factory automation, and we are pleased they have selected to highlight Automation GT.

Last quarter, Tim Cook announced that Apple would invest $100 million into US manufacturing. Although a small portion of Apple’s total net worth, the announcement is a high profile example of the recent onshoring trend which is predicted to be at the forefront of company agendas throughout 2013.

Onshoring, the movement of returning outsourced manufacturing back to the US, first began with labor issues in China. China’s low labor costs once compelled companies to outsource production abroad. Today, wages are five times higher than they were twelve years ago and are estimated to keep continue rising at 18% a year according to a recent article in the Huffington Post. Companies were also prompted to reconsider the benefits of offshoring when Chinese workers began to resist poor labor conditions in the form of strikes and suicides.  The problem became so serious for Foxconn Technology Group, the largest contract electronics assembler, that they began to automate their operations in China. Operating automation abroad, however, is no more effective than operating automation here in the United States.

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New Year, New Starters

We begin the new year with two fresh faces at Automation GT; Witney Johnson and Kristen Keelin.

Witney Johnson, Controls Engineer will provide leadership for the development and advancement of Automation GT’s software and controls capabilities as well as provide project support. Prior to joining Automation GT, Witney worked at Callaway Golf. Witney holds a BS in Electrical Engineering and is a Certified Associate in Project Management.

A recent graduate from the University of San Diego, Kristen Keelin has joined Automation GT’s Graduate Program. Kristen provides support to sales operations and is developing a marketing program around the growing business.

Witney and Kristen will add considerable know-how to Automation GT.


January 2013

Manufacturing Business Technology discuss five ways to minimize manufacturing downtime

Manufacturing Business Technology discusses five ways to minimize manufacturing downtime, including recommendations to update and service machinery and monitor the efficiency of manufacturing processes.

According to the article, “regular maintenance is important, as is installing new equipment. Managers should stay up-to-date on the latest technology and suggest updates to improve productivity.”

Automation GT can help to improve efficiency through a machine’s life cycle as our programs also cover the downstream maintenance and service of a machine after its design, manufacture, test, installation, commissioning. And, by applying the lean six sigma methodology to automation, we define in the first instance the requirements of a system to reduce waste and increase productivity.

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