Manufacturing is making a resurgence in the US. The need for a large and cheap labor force drove manufacturing overseas. Now highly efficient and automated factories, with a skilled and tech-savvy workforce are enabling the return of manufacturing to the US. The pandemic and the resulting supply chain crisis will continue to accelerate this move. I see manufacturing leaders continuing to invest in developing/creating a performance-driven and technologically adept workforce.
There is, of course, the concern many have that technology will cost jobs. But not all automation means the use of robots (that replace humans). There are several use cases, where ML is leveraged, to improve product quality and production processes, reduce waste, maintain equipment, increase safety and enhance customer service. To illustrate this, I’m going to highlight a few initiatives we are working on with manufacturing industry leaders.