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Report: Automation to Change Job Landscape by 2030


Feb 1, 2019

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When I was in school, we wrote papers on electric typewriters. The personal computer did not exist (hey, hey hey, I’m not that old). When we made an error, we had to use White-Out and retype the correct letter.

There were no spell-checks and googol only existed in the heads of math geeks because it’s the number 1 followed by 100 zeroes. (The founders of the mighty search engine Google accidently misspelled the company’s name. They must not have used a dictionary or White-Out).

Automation and Jobs

The point is: technology and automation are continually evolving. Every generation learns new skills in an ever-increasing automated world. Generation Z will be no different. By 2030, 375 million people around the world will need to learn a new profession, according to a McKinsey Global Institute report.

The report doesn’t say that 375 million people will lose their jobs (although some professions will disappear). It states that people will need to continue to adapt and learn new skills to keep up with automation. About five percent of jobs globally could be fully automated, according to another McKinsey report, and in 60 percent of occupations, one-third of the work could be fully automated.

That’s not too surprising. Probably one-third or more of my job is automated, including writing this blog on a computer. Over time I’ve had to learn different operating systems, starting with DOS, and I continue to learn about new software applications, both at work and at home. You have as well, am I right?

So, what will some of these new automation skills look like? We’re seeing a lot of technical and automation work in robotics, artificial intelligence, as well as in virtual and augmented reality.

AMK’s MAKe Intuitive Middleware System

Our MAKe middleware system is so intuitive, there is no need for software. An operator connects the system together, turns it on and configures the system from a resident interface. The operator is not required to undergo extensive software language training and because each of the devices are auto-detected and configured, there is no need for hardware configuration.

Operators only need to input the combination of machine types and our MAKe middleware will configure the system to work. Because this is done without a standalone editor, there is nothing to learn so manufacturers can focus on machine designs and leveraging cabinet-less motion solutions.

Machine designs can include built-in ladder editors, sequencers, basic motion and recipe handlers. There are no limits.

And there is no need for White-Out.

MAKe demonstration kits will be available later this quarter.

 

To learn more about AMK Automation, call us at 847-565-2652 or reserve a meeting with our engineers at ProMat 2019, Booth S-2095, April 8-11, in Chicago.

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DOES YOUR MACHINE REQUIRE MORE THAN IP65 PROTECTION?

QUESTION 2

HOW’S THE TEMPERATURE IN YOUR MACHINE’S ENVIRONMENT?

QUESTION 3

ARE THERE ANY MOTORS THAT MOVE A LOAD GREATER THAN 10nM?

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YOU PROBABLY NEED A

DECENTRALIZED SYSTEM

Based on your answers, your machine seems eligible for a “cabinet-free” or decentralized motion control system. This could simplify many of your engineering, cabling and installation challenges, and free you to design an automated manufacturing system with maximum value.

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