Robotics primed to transform domestic and global economies, says ProMat keynote speaker

Presenter says growth in automation among small and medium businesses will lead the way.

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Monday’s opening keynote, “The Impact of Robotics on Economic Growth,” drew a 50/50 split of attendees for both ProMat and Automate, according to a show of hands requested by presenter Henrik Christensen, KUKA Chair of Robotics and Director of Robotics at Georgia Tech.

Christensen successfully united the co-located shows by outlining present and future logistics applications for robots and automation. He also emphasized the increasingly competitive domestic labor market, citing a rapidly shrinking salary gap and efforts by Apple and Lenovo to bring more manufacturing jobs to the United States. Christensen discussed his successful efforts at the White House to convince lawmakers that automation and job growth were not mutually exclusive.

“It’s about how to leverage and empower the workforce, not remove it,” he said. “Once we bring manufacturing here, we also have more control over jobs in the associated supply chain.”

Christensen suggested that 10 years from now, autonomous cars could serve as driverless parcel carriers and unpiloted drones could ship packages coast to coast. Inside a facility, robots serviced by their manufacturer are already providing intra-facility transportation services, with the customer no more involved with robot maintenance than they are in upkeep of UPS trucks.


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Josh Bond, Senior Editor
Josh Bond is Senior Editor for Modern, and was formerly Modern’s lift truck columnist and associate editor. He has a degree in Journalism from Keene State College and has studied business management at Franklin Pierce University.

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