The current thought on the subject is that all manufacturers, regardless of size, must begin to take steps toward full automation, or close its doors. Automation is simply more cost effective that hand-made goods, and whoever has automation, has the profits.
Helping industries make the jump into automation, is a company called Best Proto. Best Proto manufactures PCB assemblies and also helps companies deal with the many changes that must happen before a company can be considered fully automated.
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