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Energy & America’s Industries: Energy, Infrastructure, & Manufacturing

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Think about it. Electricity keeps America’s industries running, including factories, ports, and other manufacturing hubs. Upgrading our nation’s electric grid, developing 3D bridges, and investing in ultra high-speed gigabit broadband are all examples of how energy drives manufacturing.

Investing in modern infrastructure will unleash the next wave of manufacturing innovations. The Manufacturing Institute describes these “disruptive” innovations in a report with PricewaterhouseCoopers:

  • 3D Printing. As the New York Post and the Wall Street Journal report, 3D printing is expected to revolutionize U.S. manufacturing, with automotive makers already utilizing the technology to print automotive and other machine parts.
  • Advanced robotics. The latest generation of robots can work on the factory floor alongside humans, allowing smaller manufacturers to become more competitive marketplace players.
  • Internet of Things (IoT) innovations. IoT technology can help track assets at factories and enhance analytics—ultimately increasing output and automating processes across a number of industries.

Electricity and U.S. infrastructure have long supported manufacturing innovation. With ongoing investment, exciting new technologies will continue to unfold that make our lives better, our work more streamlined, and our economy more vigorous.

Keep up with our Energy & America’s Industries series to discover how energy plays a role in other business sectors.

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