The robotics guru lists the next three industries to automate

A software and robotic machine called mGripAI from Massachusetts-based Soft Robotics sorts artificial chicken cuts into trays for packaging at an Association for Advancing Automation automation conference in Detroit.

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DETROIT – The automotive and logistics industries are no strangers to robots.

They are among the companies investing the most in automation in the US economyusing robots to sort packages, transport goods and help build vehicles.

However, other industries where robotics has not yet caught on could represent potential investment opportunities and areas of expansion for automation companies in the coming years.

These emerging areas intrigue Jeff Burnstein, automation industry guru and president of the Association for Advancing Automation. His trade group represents more than 1,000 global companies involved in robotics, vision, motion control, and motors and related technologies.

Burnstein, who recently received a prestigious award for more than 40 years in the industry, believes automation and robotics could be very helpful in doing the “boring, dirty, and dangerous work” that humans don’t necessarily want to do .

Jeff Burnstein (right center), President of the Association for Advancing Automation, after receiving a Joseph F. Engelberger Robotics Award for a career spanning more than 40 years in the industry.

Photo courtesy of Association for Advancing Automation

“If you look at what’s driving a lot of automation in many industries, it’s labor shortages,” he said on the sidelines of an automation conference in Detroit last week.

Labor shortages, led by manufacturing, are the main drivers of automation growth, he said.

Here are three industries Burnstein predicts will be next for automation:


The Deere 8R Autonomous Tractor


food processing

Tyson Foods employees

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