Robotics are about to take off, with applications for the technology expanding across many different industries, said Susan Teele, the head of marketing and communications for the Pittsburgh-based Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing Institute (ARM). A push to make robots more easily customized and more flexible will especially increase their use, she added.
The US Navy’s Innovation department recently announced its interest in using Blockchain technology for their manufacturing systems. In the announcement, they specifically mentioned their interest to add Blockchain technology to their 3D printing in order to help securely transfer data through the manufacturing process.
A new manufacturing process has been developed that one day may allow us to send life to distant planets, bring living things to earth from extra-terrestrial worlds, change the way we fight viruses, alter our entire approach to biological research, modify our approach to global epidemics, and revolutionize how we manage life on earth.
The fund comes as President Donald Trump has made bringing back manufacturing jobs a big part of his agenda, and it fits into Apple's larger effort to create jobs across its spectrum, from its own employees to app developers to its suppliers. As advanced manufacturing jobs are in high demand in the U.S., the sector was already high on Apple's list of priorities, and Cook hopes the investment will spur even more job creation.
U.S. manufacturing output today is as at an all-time high, but the industry has far fewer workers because productivity has doubled since 1994. This increase in productivity and automation is not limited to the United States, but is part of a seismic shift affecting our electronics industry worldwide. Today’s manufacturing relies on high-skilled labor, digital tools, and customized automation that increases outputs and reduces costs.
President Trump has made expanding American manufacturing and creating new manufacturing jobs a high priority. To achieve these goals, the United States must develop and deploy 21st century transformative manufacturing technologies at a rate that matches or exceeds our global manufacturing competitors. Manufacturing USA can play a pivotal role in advancing these technologies to U.S. industry.
This column examines the effects of Chinese import competition on another metric for the health of the US manufacturing sector - innovation. Firms whose industries were exposed to a greater surge of Chinese import competition from 1991 to 2007 experienced a significant decline in their patent output as well as their R&D expenditures. While politicians’ ‘obsession’ with manufacturing is primarily due to job losses, an accompanying reduction in innovation may well affect economic growth in the longer term.
By the early 2020s, rivalry for industrial innovation will accelerate between the U.S. and China. Ironically, the Trump White House has opted for a poor-economy industrial policy, whereas China has a rich-economy policy. The former seeks past glory; the latter cannot wait to get to the future.
China's industry minister on Saturday defended a manufacturing development plan and rejected complaints foreign makers of electric cars and other goods might be pressured to hand over technology or forced out of promising markets. Miao Wei, minister of industry and information technology, tried to reassure foreign companies that the "Made in China 2025" industry plan treats all companies equally.
A European business group says China is violating its free-trade pledges by pressing foreign makers of electric cars and other goods to hand over technology under an industry development plan that is likely to shrink access to its markets.