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Humanoid Robot

April 2013

Article on dismisses reports that robots are replacing humans

A gripping article this week on from Robert Atkinson, president and founder of Information Technology and Innovation Foundation. In the article Atkinson dismisses the perception of that robots are replacing humans in the workplace.

Outlining the benefits, Atkinson believes that “Technological growth has been principally responsible for the development of new industries, products and processes that have created better paying jobs, cheaper goods and a higher standard of living for society.”

“By embracing the machine we are all better off.”

Paired with the IFR’s study, Positive Impact of Industrial Robots on Employment, this story provides further commentary that “Technology Is Not The Problem — It Is The Solution.”

Read the full, insightful article on



Innovation institutes agenda key to US manufacturing, according to ITIF report

A report by the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation (ITIF), titled ‘Fifty Ways to Leave Your Competitiveness Woes Behind’, recommends creating an innovative nationwide network of manufacturing institutes to teach the principles of advanced technologies and concludes that:

 “A core goal of a U.S. traded sector competitiveness strategy should be to support the development of new technologies that radically improve production processes or that can be transformed into innovative new products.”

If established the benefits of the institutes would reap rewards for the future and allow the US to compete with successful manufacturing nations, such as Germany. Germany has built a ‘robust manufacturing infrastructure’ according to Robert Atkinson of Industry Week. Robert wrote a wise article that outlines the 3 major camps in manufacturing policy. At Automation GT we are in camp 3. Camp 3 holds the standpoint that the best approach is to get the manufacturing environment right for innovation and productivity.

Robert described the proposal as “a new system of “manufacturing universities” that promote training and applied research, stronger tax incentives for companies to invest in R&D, workforce training and new machinery and equipment, as well as a nationwide skill standards program for manufacturing skills.”

On page 14 the ITIF report states that the institutes could be based on pivotal manufacturing technologies or inputs such as robotics/automation technology along with advanced material composites and machine tooling.

Read the report from The Information Technology & Innovation Foundation

Read more about the 3 major camps in manufacturing policy in Robert Atkinson’s Industry Week article.




April 2013

US energy supply drives the Reshoring movement

An article in Industry Week states that “the availability of both cheap and abundant energy in the U.S. is a major factor driving companies to come back home.”

We’ve found that the optimistic outlook of US natural resources energy has been a key factor in encouraging our clients to put serious thought into the business case of bringing work back to America.

In addition, a recent interview with Harry Moser of the ‘Reshoring Initiative’ echoes the belief that the reshoring movement is fuelled by cheap energy – amongst other factors – stating that the availability of supplies “has big impact on some industries that have significant energy consumption or where natural gas is a key feedstock: steel, foundries, some chemical production, fertilizers, etc.”

“The industries that are impacted would import less and export more.” states Moser. In addition, operating closer to the demand allows companies to reduce lead times.

Read the full interview with Harry Moser by Downstream Today.

Read more from Industry Week.