Mac Donald suggested while countless companies have realized double-digit productivity gains through automation and robotics, the gains have often come at the price of jobs. But it doesn't have to be that way. A number of companies in the logistics and supply chain world have made that clear. Pittsburgh-based Seegrid Corp., a maker of robotic technology, contends that bringing in robotic devices can actually create jobs in the long term. David Heilman, the company's chief administrative officer, explains the company's position this way: "Our customers are growing and innovating by using robots to increase facility productivity and efficiency to become more profitable, thus expanding their operations and adding more jobs."
DC Velocity notes that Seegrid is not alone in its view. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), a federal agency that promotes U.S. manufacturing competitiveness, has reached the same conclusion. On a section of its website devoted to next-generation robotics and automation, NIST cites a report by the Computing Community Consortium that concludes in part that "[robotics] clearly represents one of the few technologies capable in the near term of building new companies and creating new jobs."
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Based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Seegrid Corp. (www.seegrid.com)