Do You Fall Victim to Believing in These Assumptions?
“Manufacturing is more than just putting parts together. It’s coming up with ideas, testing principles and perfecting the engineering, as well as final assembly.”– James Dyson
People both inside and out of the manufacturing world may stumble upon a few beliefs regarding the industry that are actually far from reality. We’re here to deliver the truth—this process of “perfecting the engineering” and bringing ideas to life is actually a thriving universe in today’s society.
1. “The Manufacturing Industry Doesn’t Create Many Jobs”
On the contrary, this is one of the fastest growing industries in the country. Just in December alone of last year, 32,000 jobs were added, contributing to the 12.84 million positions available in manufacturing, a number that has only been reached before nearly five decades ago. MarketWatch added that in 2018, 264,000 new manufacturing jobs were added, representing the highest number of new workers since 1988. Manufacturing has risen for the first time since 1984 as a percentage of the nation’s entire workforce. Clearly, it’s on the rise.
2. “It’s Dangerous to Work in Manufacturing”
Due to technological advancements and increased safety measures, the risk of injury that comes with working in this industry has reduced in recent years. The rate of improvement for workplace injury rates have been significantly better for the manufacturing world than in the overall private sector. One of the largest improvements was the span from 1994 to 2012, where the rate decreased by two-thirds, according to the Manufacturing Institute.
3. “Robots Are Taking Over”
Yes, the talk you hear about the Internet of Things, augmented reality, smart machinery, and more, is real. But the most important thing to remember is that these technologies can’t fit into the world of manufacturing without the collaboration of people like you and me. Humans are the ones controlling these operations and are the link between these “robots” and their role in the industry. In essence, they help create even more types of jobs.
4. “R&D is a Minor Expense for American Manufacturing Companies”
Research and development (R&D) is an essential aspect within the operation of manufacturing companies. Andrew Keith from Cressall Resistors said, “Companies that use R&D investment as the main driver for progress are inclined to achieve better outcomes for investors and overall be more innovative than their competitors.” This industry in the U.S. actually spends more on R&D compared to the industry in any other country.
At Galbraith, Pre-Design, Inc., we understand the role of manufacturing and its longevity in our society. Contact us today for any help you may need with your operation.
As co-owner of Galbraith/Pre-Design, Inc., Mark Galbraith is responsible for the construction of commercial facilities in nine states. Continuing his family’s tradition of commercial and industrial construction in south central Pennsylvania and beyond, Mark’s experience includes site analysis and selection, pre-construction services, field engineering and project management.