Introduction to the Manufacturing and Robotics Industry, Business and Industry Trends Analysis

¹ Video Tip For our brief video introduction to the Manufacturing industry, see www.plunkettresearch.com/video/manufacturing .   The manufacturing and robotics sectors have become tightly intertwined in recent years, thanks to the rapidly growing importance of factory automation.  On factory floors ranging from relatively small machine shops to giant automobile plants and electronics factories, computer-driven equipment plays a vital role in manufacturing worldwide.  The sophistication of the equipment ranges from simple computer-aided machinery that cuts fabric prior to it being sewn into final garments, to robots that make highly accurate and sophisticated welds in car factories, to robots that can rapidly…

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