Supply chain pressures are increasingly driving automation

The MAPI Foundations, the research affiliate of Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation, notes that supply chain pressures are increasingly driving automation in the supply chain. Automation employed by competitors, customers, and suppliers were three of the top five drivers of automation investment over the past five years.

As supply chains become more global, automation investment and adoption will increase around the world. The two most common criteria used by U.S. (United States) manufacturers for evaluating the performance of new automation technologies, are whether technology improves product quality and lowers production cost.