A snapshot of automation investment in U.S. manufacturing

by Bill Fester on June 17, 2016

in Chemical, Industries, Systems

National survey shows actual, planned automation investment is high among U.S. manufacturers

A new report from the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI; Arlington, VA) foundation indicates that despite the economic slowdown in the industrial sector over the past year, the incidence of actual and planned automation investment is very high in American manufacturing.

The report is based on a national survey of U.S. manufacturers and non-U.S. manufacturers with a presence in this country and is the second in a series of studies on productivity that the MAPI Foundation produced year. The survey was written by Cliff Waldman, Director of Economic Studies at the MAPI Foundation, and sponsored by Rockwell Automation.

The survey found that widespread automation investment “suggests a fundamental reshaping of the production landscape that could eventually have implications for most aspects of manufacturing activity,” with 83% of respondents to a December 2015 national survey having automated some part of their manufacturing process in the five years prior to the survey and 76% indicating that they plan to do so in the three years following the survey.

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