Automation Expands During COVID-19

Expanded use of automation will make U.S. manufacturing even more competitive, according to Amar Hanspal, CEO of Bright Machines — a San Francisco-based software and robotics company. In his column at, Hanspal says that by some estimates, high levels of automation play a role in only 3% of all goods produced. But COVID-19 is expediting change. According to, sourcing for automation equipment has increased 147% year-over-year and is up more than 20% compared to last quarter. 6/15/2020