Stephen Williams sdw at lig.net
Fri Oct 7 10:03:15 PDT 2011

The key is innovation, quality, and concentrating on how to build 
things efficiently.  One major key to that is automation.  Whether CNC, 
3D printers, or robotics in general, you have to leverage labor to the 
point that even the cost of efficient shipping is a barrier of entry 
and competition.

It sounds like Tesla is employing robotics to a high degree to produce 
cars faster and cheaper

On Fri Oct  7 09:52:37 2011, mdw at martinwills.com wrote:
> Hmmm... Isn't that what everyone is lauding Steve Jobs for?
> "... So it's INNOVATION and QUALITY that's going to be bring manufacturing
> jobs back (lowercase J, ..." -- Gregory Alan Bolcer 10/7/2011
> It appears Steve Jobs felt that innovation and quality was NOT in US
> manufacturing and his company is now worth $350 Billion in market cap...
> Let's keep the arguments straight...  Sounding like the 10 videotaped
> broken campaign promises of Obama again! -- http://vimeo.com/20355767 --
> Regards.
>> That's the company's fault or the fault of the manufacturing unions who
>> demand a 20 year contract on a hardware component that has a market
>> half-life/end of life of 3-5 years, a lifetime pension for every worker
>> just for walking in the door, and a tax on all earnings so that the
>> leadership can use it on political crusades often against the very
>> things that the unions are trying to protect for the workers.
>> That'd take their whole lineup of expensive products and price them
>> right out of the market.
>> Which is the more rational choice?
>> BTW, with the modern high tech components, quality control is driving
>> manufacturing back to the US.  High failure rates, low manufacturing
>> tolerances, and contamination are all major quality issues in Chinese
>> manufactured electronics.
>> For instance, everyone knows the Solyndra story and how they were out
>> manufactured by Chinese goods, but the shipping of the actual, highly
>> fragile components was causing major problems.   There's a company I
>> know that builds highly specific, mid-sized wind generators--kind of
>> like the ones you see in Palm Springs.   In order to be on the right
>> side of the cost curve, they have to build extremely refined components
>> with extremely low tolerances for errors and manufacturing defects.
>> They can't build them in China or anywhere else in the world.  Their
>> core IP is the manufacturing process.  Their distribution and
>> manufacturing is local (or as close to the customer site as possible).
>> So it's innovation and quality that's going to be bring manufacturing
>> jobs back (lowercase J, though zombie steve jobs has been posting a lot
>> these past couple days).
>> Greg
>> On 10/7/2011 7:52 AM, mdw at martinwills.com wrote:
>>> Oh... I thought his magic was shipping all jobs related to the
>>> production
>>> of  the mac/ipod/iphone/ipad hardware and support to overseas companies
>>> and hiding this fact from the very people he sold them to.  Man I need
>>> to
>>> get out more often.
>>> Regards.
>> --
>> greg at bolcer.org, http://bolcer.org, c: +1.714.928.5476

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