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App. B—Commissioned Background Papers .

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Mitchell Hutchins Inc.

Within the manufacturing corporation, the jobs created by widespread use of robots and un- manned manufacturing --programmers, technicians, engineers --for the most part require a high

degree of technical training.

The jobs which robots eliminate,

e.g.

assembly workers,

painters

and machine operators,

are frequently of a lower skill or,

if even skilled,

require little

technical knowledge. oversupply of workers

Massive training whose skills have

programs will be needed to prevent become obsolete and a simultaneous

the creation of an shortage of engineers

and technicians. responses to the

It appears SME Robotics

that the manufacturing Delphi Poll (Table 15)

.

industry

has

recognized

the

problems

by

the

Table

15:

Sources

of

Future

Robotic

Technical

Personnel

Updated In-House Manufacturing Engineering Personnel Hiring of Experienced Personnel from Manufacturer Hiring of Experienced Personnel from Robot Vendor

Graduating College

Student

50% 20 10 15

Source:

1981

SME

Delphi

Poll.

To date, however, only the barest recently seen the development of an

beginnings of such programs are academic robotics curriculum to

in place. help meet

We

also have

the

demand for

robot technicians. such a program and locations near the

Macomb County Community College in Warren, the State of South Carolina is subsidizing new Cincinnati Milacron robot plant.

Michigan academic

has just introduced training programs at

While we believe the critical issues of manufacturing techniques and labor displacement can be handled in the short-term, we are becoming more concerned that the magnitude of the problem

could be serious bility, economic

during the second half of the viability and availability of

1980s. Technological advances enhance assembly and inspection robot systems:

the

capa-

The design of products that are compatible with robot handling will increase in importance. One implication is that the robot specialist will have to be involved in the product design phase.

It is estimated that assembly workers constitute upwards of 15% of the U.S. manufacturing work force, and inspection workers probably 5-10%. These are two areas where advanced robotics could be applied with astonishing impact.

CAPITAL:

KEY TO

SUCCESS

OF

BOTH

PRODUCERS

AND

USERS

The need to finance a business in an industry capable of growing 35% annually and requiring

significant levels of R&D and an extensive support network suggests that profitability and

availability of capital dustry have been able to favorable publicity the

is vital.

Fortunately,

‘it appears that the members of the robot in-

tap the capital market as robot sector has received,

needed.

including

There is no doubt that all the

being

on

the

covers

of

both

Time held

and Business Week by the investment

in 1980, has community as

helped

contribute to

the exceptionally

to the

prospects for

robotics.

favorable

opinion

It is our view that the government would probably not have to get intimately involved in the financial requirements of the robotics industry. A free market approach should allow this sector to attract the necessary capital required because of the well-above average growth pros-

pects.

This does not preclude the necessity of general policy incentives required

businesses.

We believe

kinds

of

programs

which

that tax relief, especially higher depreciation write-offs, would benefit robot producers as well as manufacturers.

by American are the

15

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