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The Real Impact of Robotics

April 16, 2013 by

The positive impact of industrial robots on employment

At Automation GT we’ve been interested in a study carried out for the International Federation of Robots (IFR) that predicts that industrial robots will create more than two million jobs over the next eight years. The IFR is an association formed by robotics organisations across the world.

The study predicted that the use of robots in product development and the possibilities created by the current industry expansion will produce jobs downstream.

IFR General Secretary Gudrun Litzenberger believes that “it is a matter of fact that productivity and competiveness are indispensable for a manufacturing enterprise to be successful on the global market. Robotics and automation are the solution.” Many innovative American companies have already invested in an automated system which allows them to reallocate job roles while improving productivity and gaining in quality control.

Growth with robots has gained momentum in recent years. In 2012, 160,000 industrial robots were sold, in spite of the weak global economy. This figure nearly matched 2011 – a record year for the North American robotics market – when 166,028 units were sold. The technology has the potential to benefit manufacturers across the board. According to Arturo Baroncelli, IFR Vice President, “Investments in robots always generate sound practical returns both at economic and technical levels. Robotized automation is a key strategic factor to enhance competitiveness both for the big, medium and small enterprises.”

Estimates reveal that 3 to 5 roles will be created for every robot in service. We’re excited to witness the effect that industrial robots will have on the US economy over the next decade.


Read the study carried out by Metra Martech on behalf of the IFR.

Read the thoughts of robot suppliers across the globe at


Automation GT featured by MD&Di

April 12, 2013 by

MD+DI provides an insight into our move to Carlsbad’s life sciences hub

Our move to Carlsbad has been featured by Medical Device & Diagnostic Industry. Find out about the reasons for our move and what it means for our future operations.

“For Automation GT’s CEO Simon Grant, the company’s move to its new location in Carlsbad, CA, couldn’t come fast enough.

“We should have moved sooner, but finding the right space has been challenging,” he says. However, they found it in what Grant calls a major life science hub, shifting from 3400 sq ft in the company’s previous Escondido home to 13,000 sq ft at its new campus.

With growing sales by 100% last year, Grant says a lot of Automation GT’s corporate customers are starting to gear up from the slumber of the recession. Therefore, they are able to forecast their business expanding in 2014.

Automation GT partners with companies to aid in early development, quality control, and packaging and inspection of devices as varied as catheters, patient care systems, and syringes. One of the most important things that they do for companies is increase the volume of production for devices as they are going into clinical trials, and ensure that the devices meet the quality standards of FDA or Europe.

Grant says the expansion is better for OEM customers, because with the increase in space, Automation GT will be able to increase its capacity in terms of projects.

“We’ll be able to handle the larger systems, so we’ll be able to scale up our manufacturing operations,” Grant says. “It also allows us to have the additional workforce for the increase in business.”

Carlsbad is approximately 20 miles from the old location in Escondido. Grant says the Carlsbad location makes a lot of sense— many of its local clients are closer to the new location. In addition, the campus is off of California Interstate 5, which connects to Los Angeles and Orange Counties. This makes it advantageous, because global clients can fly into either San Diego or Los Angeles International airports, and Southern California clients have convenient access to visit the facilities.

“We wanted to get closer to the life science customers, and we don’t have many in Escondido,” Grant says.”


Automation GT's new HQ, Carlsbad


We’ve moved! The first impressions of our new Carlsbad HQ.

We’re settling into our new Carlsbad HQ. We had outgrown our previous office in Escondido and have upgraded to a 13,000 square foot campus to cater for our increase in business. We are pleased to have finally arrived at the center of San Diego’s Life Science innovation and resources.

We now have all the space we need for our growing workforce, who all had positive things to say about their new environment:

The team love working under the natural light that the glass fronted open-plan office provides. They have also commented that the large modern desks help them to organise their work, speeding up processes.

The engineers have commented that the new production floor will give them the space needed to build larger automated systems, allowing them to make full use of their expertise.

Monique Klein, our Chief Operating Officer, joked that she is considering investing in roller blades to get from one side of the office to the other!

Now that we have the space to do so we’re looking to add to our skilled workforce and increase our business in the San Diego area and beyond.

For full contact details of the new headquarters visit the contact page.