The Skills Gap Dilemma
Finding quality and skilled labor has always been an issue, but it appears to be an ever increasing dilemma as of late. Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) Chief Economist, Perc Pineda recently described this dilemma during a Question and Answer segment of a recent webinar. “I think the U.S. manufacturing sector is at crossroads,” Pineda said, remarking that companies the organization has talked to often say it's difficult to “find enough people to work—people who are actually qualified—not just for mundane jobs, but people who have skills.” According to Pineda, these companies are attempting to adapt to the lack of human resources. They are trying to become more efficient, and “mechanize more and more operations”.
Exponential Growth for Machine Vision Systems
According to a recent report released by the Association for Advancing Automation (A3), which covered the first 9 months of 2017 in North America. The market has experienced the highest level ever recorded in any other year during the same time period for some figures.
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Their report went further to say "The North American Machine Vision Market continued its best start to a year ever in 2017, with growth of 14% overall to $1.937b, 14% in systems to $1.657b, and 14% in components to $271m.
There were 25,936 robots valued at $1.496 billion shipped in North America. These are record highs representing growth of 18% in units and 13% in dollars over 2016.
This means that not only is the automation growing exponentially in the manufacturing industry, but it is investing in 'smarter' automation that leverages 3d cameras and vision software, in their Machine Vision Systems.
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