Manufacturing’s biggest challenge isn’t cheap foreign competition—it’s the high school counselor. We do a poor job of teaching our young generation about the opportunities in manufacturing, according to Brian Fortney, Global Business Manager for Rockwell Automation (Milwaukee, WI).
“By joining the Mold & Robotics Group, we will be part of an international company with technological leadership in both molds and automation,” said Mike Klestinec, President of Dollins Tool (Independence, MO).
“Collaborative robotic systems are seeing strong growth in the blowmolding industry due to the need for greater efficiency and automation,” said Siva Krish, VP of Sales at Proco Machinery Inc. (Mississauga, ON, Canada).
The North American automation market set new records through the first nine months of 2017, and the market for collaborative robots is forecast to grow more than 50% through 2023. What this means for the human labor force is among the topics that will be addressed at PLASTEC West in February.