Robots for the Smart Grid Make Jobs in South Carolina


By Brian Huse, Director, Marketing & PR, RIA (sponsor of Automate 2011)

Our friends at Staubli (Automate booth 848) alerted us to a YouTube video about job creation involving robotics and automation. Itron, a company in West Union, South Carolina, is working on infrastructure for the smart grid and they use leading-edge technology, including robots, to make smart meters and put Americans to work.

“We believe we have to create a vision of the factory of the future (and robots are so important because they) enable us at Itron to manufacture in the United States of America in a very cost effective and efficient way,” Michael Higgins, General Manager of Operations, Itron.

He notes it may seem counterintuitive that a highly automated factory would help create jobs, but says that is exactly what they have done in the implementation of the smart grid.

This is the same sentiment you will hear at Automate 2011 where makers of the most advanced robotics, machine vision and motion control show real-world examples of what technology can do to bolster local economies and job markets. This topic is a particular message of Drew Greenblatt, President of Marlin Steel Wire and a featured speaker during the Autoamte 2011 Conference. See him in Session 1 on Monday, March 21, at 10 a.m. (Separate Conference registration required.)

Session 1: Cost Justifying Automation

Instructors: Ron Potter, Factory Automation Systems — The Business Case for Robots: How the U.S. Can Compete and Win in Global Manufacturing

Drew Greenblatt, Marlin Steel Wire — Grow Great Jobs & Profits with More Automation

Curtis Richardson, Spirit AeroSystems — Cost Justification of Aerospace Assembly Drilling Automation

Learn how to cost justify automation investments to increase margin, profits and market share. This course will feature examples from real-world applications demonstrating the automation system cost justification process.

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