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App. B—Commissioned Background Papers .

Mitchell Hutchins Inc.

Longer-Term Trends: Automation Companies Will Likely be Large

While robots are often used in an initial isolated application

(primarily to gain experience)

the the

evidence is clear that the robot is viewed as a piece of equipment

production

process.

Moreover,

the

U.S.

production

base

is

in

dire

to be integrated into need of modernization

and, work

most important, force at a time

the mid-1980s demographic when the average skilled

shift will lead to a drop in the entry level machinist in this country is currently estimated

to be about just their

56 years old.

These fundamentals suggest that U.S. manufacturers

methods

and

philosophy

of

production,

emphasizing

the

substitution

will have to ad- of capital for

labor or, in one word --automation.

The evolution of factory automation outside the U.S.

has an interesting characteristic.

Most

of the companies in the forefront

much

of

the

equipment

used.

What

of the emerges

technology are part of is that the knowledge

the organization that makes of the factory environment is

the key factor to the successful implementation of automation. was originally a subsidiary of a machine tool company (Toyoda)

cannot be sold externally without the car company’s approval.

In Japan, for example, Toyota and its machine tool technology Nissan has a machine tool com-

pany as does Hitachi and Komatsu, the sixth largest producer of transfer lines in Japan.

A similar phenomenon is developing around the world with respect to the implementation of

Robots, i.e. many of the companies a version for internal consumption. clude companies such as Volkswagen,

introducing robots into the manufacturing process produce Besides many Japanese concerns, #e list would also in- Renault and Fiat.

Alternatively, U.S. manufacturing

companies rarely produce equipment for their own use.

How-

ever, as automation techniques begin to take hold, the phenomenon has begun to change. In robots, for example, companies like General Electric, Texas Instruments and IBM all produce robots for internal use and General Motors recently announced its own paint spraying robot. Further, strategic planning within many corporations has led to the identification of the

field of automation as bath a strategic internal operation

opportunity. service this

This has led to significant acquisitions

cyclical

growth

phenomena

(Table

13).

and

requirement and a future business internal studies as to how to best

Table

13:

Strategic

Purchases

by

Larqe

Companies

in

the

Field

of

Automation

11

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