It’s absolutely true that more and more production processes, if not entire factories, are running with limited human interaction.
The evolution to more automated processes has been years in the making. Although many of the technologies needed to automate manufacturing work behind the scenes—such as programmable logic controllers (PLCs), software and vision systems—robots have become the most visible symbols of lights-out manufacturing.
Though machines cannot replace human workers in many production processes, even the smallest companies are finding collaborative robots (co-bots) an easy-to-deploy solution for this worker shortage. Ironically, co-bots may also have a role to play in reindustrializing America and making it possible to create new manufacturing jobs.

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