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Plating automation is a hot topic in the finishing industry. Many American companies, including Sharretts Plating, are moving towards automated facilities. In fact, Sharretts Plating is mostly automated at this point and thrives to eventually eliminate all manual processes in the future. The move has a significant impact on the industry as a whole, affecting employment, productivity and the ability to compete globally. Whenever an industry automates production lines, fears of job loss inevitably arise. Yes, plating automation removes some jobs from the finishing floor. However, automated finishing machines still require monitoring, maintenance, and repair, opening the door to new employment opportunities.


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