Elk Grove Village, IL. 9/22/14  The manufacturing industry is an ecosystem that requires all of its parts, or jobs, to contribute a different part in order to function. Automation, especially in manufacturing, is not a new concept. Many contribute automation to replacing jobs and to disrupting the manufacturing ecosystem, without realizing it is just restructuring the manufacturing process to make it more efficient. More efficiency internally generally leads to a company being able to offer more competitive pricing and adjust to market changes more quickly. As a result, companies that embrace automation can afford to hire more employees throughout the company.

With the increase in indirect jobs due to automation the value of these jobs will increase turning manufacturing into a more career oriented industry where people can obtain high paying jobs for professionals, paraprofessionals, and skilled tradesmen. The need for more customer service personnel, IT support, distribution, warehouse, logistics and transportation employees will increase.

In 2013 the International Federation of Robotics (IFR) held a roundtable discussion at Automate, a showcase of automation technologies in North America held in Chicago every year. The discussion showcased the effects of industrial automation of employment. From the summary of this discussion written by Bill Lydon, the IFR reported, “It is projected that 1.9 to 3.5 million jobs will be created by robots in the next eight years. When manufacturing jobs are saved, jobs throughout the community where the factories are located are also saved” (Lydon, 2013). This "ripple effect" concept puts manufacturing at the nucleus of all job creation for a local community. Without manufacturing it wouldn't be possible for many other jobs to survive. The ripple effect of embracing automation and increasing manufacturer's ability to hire new employees is felt far beyond the manufacturing industry.

In Keith D. Nosbush and John A. Bernaden’s journal The Multiplier Effect: There Are More Manufacturing Related Jobs Than You Think they explain,
“When an enterprise purchases goods and services from other businesses, it generates an indirect jobs impact, or multiplier effect. That is distinct from what economists call induced or consumer-driven economic effects--jobs at restaurants, dry cleaners, entertainment venues, and the like that have little to no multiplier effect. Unlike those consumption-based service sector jobs, these indirect jobs are part of industries production-based wealth-building machine with the same economic benefits as direct manufacturing employment” (Nosbuch & Bernaden, 2012).

Here at Custom Plastics, Inc we have been able to use automation to benefit our own manufacturing ecosystem enabling us to expand our capabilities in the areas of engineering and quality control. The internal manufacturing processes we are continuously improving upon also helps us decrease part production times and streamline our shipping and receiving departments. This allows us to continue offering very competitive pricing for our full-service plastic manufacturing services. Whether it is as simple as adding automatic counters to your machines or as complex as employing full-scale robotics systems, embracing automation will undoubtedly have a positive impact on both the companies that use it, the employees that manage it, and the community that benefits from it. If you would like to learn more about our own automation processes and how it dramatically saves our customers time and money, feel free to contact us anytime with your questions.


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