Originally Posted by SockRolid
Re: "The period to hire 8,700 engineers to manage 200,000 factory workers is..."
I wonder what the period to reprogram 1,000 American factory robots is.
I'd guess about 1 week or so. Faster than hiring 208,700 employees in any country.
Because if and when Mac manufacturing ramps up in the US, robots will be doing the work.
American labor, union or not, has priced itself out of the world market.
Robotics has changed dramatically, manufacturing practices world-wide and this combined with 3D technologies and others will transform industry out-of-sight. However, the 'number 1' reason given in the graphic is hiring and other practices. Japan started the transformation in manufacturing by reducing or eliminating middle management. Companies gave much greater control over a particular workplace to workers on the floor, who reported directly to management higher up the chain of responsibility. The west was stuck with a middle management mind set that both slowed operations and introduced a disconnected management layer in which change might occur only slowly. Of course, modern practice was also adopted in forward thinking US companies, such as HP (in the 1970s) with the introduction of 'just-in-time' manufacturing.
Did you see a recent report in Bloomberg about robotics at Boeing? (Sorry, flash.)