The future of manufacturing faces two large changes:

  1. The shortage of skilled labor entering the manufacturing workforce
  2. The integration of robotics to streamline automation and human-robot collaboration

The labor shortage faced in manufacturing is astronomical. It is predicted that by 2025, 3.5 million manufacturing jobs will be open due to job creation and retirements. However, at the current rate, 2 million of those jobs will be left unfilled. (Source: Deloitte The skills gap in US manufacturing outlook analysis)

Enter: Manufacturing Day

Manufacturing Day is a USA-based, nationwide movement to change this narrative. Celebrated on the first Friday of October, this collaborative event serves as an invitation to introduce the future workforce to opportunities in the industry. And trust us, there are many opportunities.

At publication time, 42 of the 66 jobs currently available at Rogers Corporation are in the manufacturing field. As robotics integration and industry 5.0 progress, even more jobs will be created. So, why should the incoming workforce be excited about working in these positions?

Manufacturing is good for the economy, which is good for the employee

For every $1 invested in manufacturing, the US sees $1.89 added to the economy, the highest multiplier effect of any economic sector (Source: National Association of Manufacturers and IMPLAN economic impact solutions). In addition to a sustainable career choice, manufacturing is an evolving and exciting field. It takes manufacturing to turn ideas into a reality. Whether it be a smart home that knows when to turn the lights on and off or a fleet of self-driving cars making roadways safer, these innovations are helped made possible by the manufacturers that execute their creation.

Innovation is born (or, built) in manufacturing

In fact, manufacturers in the United States perform more than three-quarters of all private-sector research and development (R&D) in the nation, driving more innovation than any other sector (Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis). At Rogers, we contribute to that statistic. With our strategic pillar to be an innovation-driven company, we support new product development in our Business Unit R&D departments, as well as our Innovation Centers.

Speaking of innovation…

Part of innovation in manufacturing is the integration of robotics into the manufacturing process. Currently, there is a strong push to automate repetitive tasks to deliver consistent quality. For example, the below video loop demonstrates robots assisting by loading and unloading parts from a conveyor belt.

 

However, increasing complexity in factories will call for greater robotics integration. As put by Marc Beulque, VP of Global Operations at Rogers:

Industry 5.0 recognizes that man and machine must be interconnected to meet the manufacturing complexity of the future in dealing with increasing customization through an optimized robotized manufacturing process.

An example of this is shown in the video below, where a camera system collects data as the robot performs the task of plugging in an electric car for charging. With this, a worker can complete several tasks via robot at one time and, if any discrepancies are noted by the vision system, they will be notified and can correct it.

 

See? Manufacturing is cool.

So join us, both in celebrating Manufacturing Day and by applying to join our team. The future of manufacturing is exciting and we are thrilled to be working towards these changes.

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