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February 05, 2013

US manufacturing jobs are leaving China and returning to robots in the US

60 Minutes looked at the jobless recovery and the replacement of workers with automation and robotics.

* automated warehouses (Nextbigfuture looked at distribution warehouse automation )

Swisslog builds modularized conveyors, stacker cranes, row rovers (called carriers) and autonomous tugs as well as their new AutoStore robots. Swisslog can handle open-case light goods and pallet/case systems. Swisslog provides European style material handling often characterized by high capital and operating costs and lots of mechanical devices. They enjoy very high productivity and space utilization in return. Swisslog claims that their methods maximizes both vertical and horizontal space enabling them to process up to 1,000 picks per hour. This is six times better than Amazon's previous automation system from just a couple of years ago.

* IBM Watson is being used in call centers and on Wall Street

* Rethink Robotics' Baxter robot

* US manufacturing jobs are leaving China and returning to robots in the US







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