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But that has a big down side for some of the workers in Indianapolis.

Most of that money will be invested in automation said to Greg Hayes, CEO of United Technologies, Carrier’s corporate parent. And that automation will replace some of the jobs that were just saved.

“We’re going to…automate to drive the cost down so that we can continue to be competitive,” he said on an interview on CNBC earlier this week. “Is it as cheap as moving to Mexico with lower cost labor? No. But we will make that plant competitive just because we’ll make the capital investments there. But what that ultimately means is there will be fewer jobs.”

The decision to keep Carrier’s furnace manufacturing operations in the U.S. instead of moving them to Mexico will save about 800 jobs out of the 1,400 at the plant, at least in the near term. The company declined to say how many of the plants 800 remaining jobs could be lost to automation, or when.

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The threat that automation poses to jobs a big concern for Chuck Jones, president of United Steelworkers union Local 1999, which represents the Carrier workers.

“Automation means less people,” he told CNN’s Chris Cuomo on “New Day” on Thursday. “I think we’ll have a reduction of workforce at some point in time once they get all the automation in and up and running.”

Still, automation is the only way that a plant in Indiana that pays about $20 an hour can compete with Mexican plants where workers earn $3 an hour.

Related: Carrier to raise prices on furnaces and air conditioners

The number of U.S. manufacturing jobs in the U.S. has declined sharply thanks in large part to more efficient factories.

“You can’t just blame cheap labor [outside the U.S.],” said Dan Miklovic, principal analyst with LNS research. “Certainly many of the jobs that we’ve lost, especially in more sophisticated industries, it’s not so much that they’ve been offshored, but it has been automation that replaced them. We use a lot more robots to build cars.”

Related: The manufacturing boom Donald Trump ignores

All together, U.S. factories are actually producing more products today than they did in the post-World War II era, according to the Federal Reserve’s reading on manufacturing output. Output at U.S. factories is up 150% in last 40 years. But U.S. manufacturing jobs have plunged by more than 30% in that same period. And automation is a big reason why.

And it’s not a trend that’s going to end with Carrier or even with manufacturers.

A recent study by McKinsey & Co. said that 45% of the tasks that U.S. workers are currently paid to perform can be automated by existing technology. That represents about $2 trillion in annual wages.

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(CNN) — Your cooking partner is a robot, your fridge can talk, and your plate is your own personal dietician. Oh, and for a laugh you occasionally have a cook-off with a famous holographic chef.

This may sound like a scene from 1960s sci-fi cartoon The Jetsons, but the kitchens in coming decades may not be so far off those envisioned by futurologists.

Today, a number of significant developments in culinary tech are happening in the field of robotics. CNN’s Blueprint team caught up with a group of design students in Poland who recently programmed an industrial robot — usually tasked with building cars — to cook.

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“Our project is called ‘Let’s cook the future’ and we try to cook with robots — we had a robot that initially was made just to be in factories and make cars and we tried to treat it as a human and put it in the kitchen.” Says Barbara Dzaman, one of the students involved in the project.

The ‘Let’s cook the future’ robot “prints” cookies three-dimensionally, building them up layer by layer in almost any shape you could imagine.

Dorota Kabala, an industrial designer working alongside the students says that the project looks towards a future where people can make dishes that are only limited by their imagination. “The problem we are addressing in this project is the need for personalization of production … at the moment we can observe that people need more personalization, more customization of products than before and now it’s possible.”

Marek Cecula, a respected Polish designer, ceramicist and visiting professor at the Royal College of Art, London, says that he was “amazed” by the students’ robot chef but felt that “we simply don’t know where this is going … How will we relate to objects made completely by a machine? How will these objects relate to our emotions? Where will the relationship between person and object be when the object is made by a machine?”

Read: edible wrapping could wipe out waste

The introduction of robots into the home is not new, of course. Many of us already live with electronics that have robotic components, such as self-cleaning ovens, single-touch microwaves that automatically adjust to the food you have put in them, and fridges that scan used-by dates.

The trend for robots to perform unskilled restaurant jobs has also led to robotic noodle slicers and mechanical waiters, though so far many are mere gimmicks rather than genuine technological solutions.

Thomas Johansson, Design Director at Electrolux, says that he thinks there is a place for robots in the kitchen: “I think kitchen robots could potentially take over some of the common jobs that are repetitive or difficult to do … I think you could take away some of the boring chores and spend your time doing something more interesting.”

Away from robotics, Electrolux has been exploring the creative fringe of kitchen design with its annual Design Lab competition. The company recently announced the semi-finalists for 2013, which include a 3-D food printer and an appliance that calculates the nutritional values, possible toxins and freshness of your food before you start cooking.

Read: Bionic fashion, hot wearable tech

Johansson says the range of issues being tackled by students in the competition is fascinating in itself: “A lot of the students are addressing issues like wellbeing, robotics, bio-mimicry, wearable devices, air purification, and also using smart phones and tablets as remote controls.

And then there are the issues about food diagnostics, which are especially interesting in light of the horse meat scandal. People are no longer that concerned about what frying pan they use, but what is in the frying pan. Knowing what it is that you are eating is very important.”

With work being done in almost every field of home design, it is likely that the kitchen of the future will look significantly different to how it does today. As the old saying goes, the kitchen will always be the heart of the home — but increasingly that heart is coming to resemble a pacemaker.

Robotics End-of-Arm Tooling to Post a Steady CAGR of 9% until 2020, Says Technavio

LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–According to the latest market study released by Technavio,

the global

robotics end-of-arm tooling (EOAT) market is expected to

reach USD 9.2 billion by 2020, growing at a CAGR of almost 9%.

This research report titled ‘Global

Robotics EOAT Market 2016-2020′ provides an in-depth analysis of

the market in terms of revenue and emerging market trends. The report

also presents the vendor landscape and a corresponding detailed analysis

of the key vendors operating in the market.

EOATs are devices through which a robot interacts with other

machineries around it, grasping, handling and manipulating parts,

inspecting surfaces, and working on them. Washdown robots have become

popular in the food

and beverage industry after the approval of robots and EOAT

from Food and Drug Administration to use in direct food contact. The

washdown robots are equipped with EOAT that can be chemically sanitized

to make them aseptically clean. The approval of these robots in the

industry will increase their adoption in food processing and primary

packaging applications.

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sections of the report including the market size and forecast, drivers,

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Technavio’s industrial

automation analysts categorize the global robotics EOAT

market into five major segments by end user. They are:


Semiconductor and electronics

Food and beverage


Industrial machinery

The top three end-user segments for the global robotics EOAT market are:

Global robotic EOAT market in automotive industry

The global robotics EOAT market in the automotive industry was

valued at USD 1.52 billion in 2015 and is expected to reach USD 2.29

billion by 2020, growing at a CAGR of 8.54%.

The US has one of the largest automotive

markets worldwide and is home to 13 major auto manufacturers.

With a large consumer market in the US, strengthening the economy,

reshoring, and low gas prices, these companies have to increase their

production capacity in the plants, which will boost the adoption of

industrial robots in the country, fueling the robotic EOAT market.

According to Bharath Kanniappan, a lead robotics

research analyst from Technavio, “Robotic EOATs are used in the

automotive industry to serve various purposes, including spot welding in

an assembly line, spray painting, and arc welding and other purposes

wherein the working conditions are dangerous for human beings.”

Global robotics EOAT market in semiconductor and electronics industry

The global robotic EOAT market in the semiconductor and

electronics industry was valued at USD 1.34 billion in 2015, growing

at a CAGR of 8.55% by 2020.

The market is predicted to grow during the forecast period due to

increased use of industrial robots in the solar panels manufacturing

industry. Industrial robots are increasingly used in solar applications,

such as joining solar panels in photovoltaic applications and picking

and placing photovoltaic cells for panel assembly over a large

workstation, due to their built-in accuracy and repeatability.

“Governments across various countries have started offering

subsidies, loans, and tax benefits to increase the use of renewable

energy. In 2015, the development finance institution of the US, Overseas

Private Investment Corporation, invested a huge amount for a solar farm

construction in South Africa,” says Bharath.

Global robotic EOAT market in food and beverage industry

The global robotic EOAT market in the food and beverage industry

is expected to reach USD 1.94 billion by 2020, growing at a CAGR of


Robotic EOAT in the food and beverage industry is predicted to increase

during the forecast period, especially due to rise in automation for

packaged meat. Customers’ preference toward the purchase of processed

and packaged meat has increased by 10% between 2013 and 2015. The

transparency on the packaged meat available in the labeling is the major

advantage for customers in this type of procurement.

Industrial robots have enabled the use of robots in upstream

activities in the food and beverage industry. The delta robots that were

visually impaired and required continuous assistance in pick and place

application in the food processing plants have become self-dependent in

locating and placing the objects.

The top vendors highlighted by Technavio’s research analysts in this

report are:

Applied Robotics

ATI Industrial Automation


SAS Automation

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