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Posted on Automation. Taking jobs aways from the skilled

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Logboy

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#1 posted 02-16-2017 04:34 AM


As you just said, it is too labor intensive. What is happening is you are now producing more with less labor. It works better for you, because it s your business. But when you can produce more with less work, it means someone else won t be paid to do it. Works great for you, but not for the guy who loses his job.

This is the issue. Business has their foot on the gas, embracing technology to reduce labor costs. The problem is we re heading right off a cliff. I m not saying this is business s fault, it s the way it has always been. Up to now it s been a great thing, since it freed up labor to do something else. The problem is, there is no longer something else.

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You have it completely backwards. I’m now able to produce products that otherwise would have been too labor intensive to produce. For example, I just took an order of 150 live edge cribbage boards. They could never be made on a drill press or with a jig profitably. With the CNC I can drill all the holes and the pockets for the magnets and pegs in minutes. But I still need people to run the blanks through the jointer, plane them, sand, debark, etc. I’m actually adding employees because Ive expanded my capabilities and added other facets to my business that otherwise would not have been possible without the CNC. I’m about to go begging the local college to see if they have any decent design kids coming through.


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