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Are Automation, Lean Initiatives Leading to Rise in 'Jobless' Resurgence in U.S. Manufacturing?

In the past year, there have been numerous articles debating whether "reshoring" is a myth or really happening. For example, the cover article of the April 22, 2013 issue of Time magazine was "Made in USA - Manufacturing is Back - But Where are the Jobs?"

The first page of the article is full of pictures of products that have returned from offshore, representing an unbelievable cross-section of consumer goods, ranging from toys such as the Frisbee, Slinky and Crayola crayons to electric mixers, barbecues, saws, hammers, and many more.

The reason the article poses the questions about how many jobs are being created by the return of manufacturing to America is that the manufacturing plants of the present and future have more machines and fewer workers than in the past. Robotics, automation and lean manufacturing are helping companies do more with fewer people, and the rapidly improving technology of additive manufacturing is changing the way parts are being made.

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Keywords: U.S. manufacturing jobs, robotics in manufacturing, automation in U.S. manufacturing, U.S. manufacturing recovery, reshoring in manufacturing

The first page of the article is full of pictures of products that have returned from offshore, representing an unbelievable cross-section of consumer goods, ranging from toys such as the Frisbee, Slinky and Crayola crayons to electric mixers, barbecues, saws, hammers, and many more.

The reason the article poses the questions about how many jobs are being created by the return of manufacturing to America is that the manufacturing plants of the present and future have more machines and fewer workers than in the past. Robotics, automation and lean manufacturing are helping companies do more with fewer people, and the rapidly improving technology of additive manufacturing is changing the way parts are being made.

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Keywords: U.S. manufacturing jobs, robotics in manufacturing, automation in U.S. manufacturing, U.S. manufacturing recovery, reshoring in manufacturing