Here at The Automated Future, we're all about the latest on automation. Most of the time, you hear about the highly visible companies like Google that are on the consumer end of technology, but we don't always hear from those companies that are quietly making more than a dent in the world. In this report, we have featured one up-and-coming world changer called JR Automation.

What Is JR Automation?

On the consumer end of things, you often only hear about Teslas and prissy Priuses (or should we say prissy Prii?), and the other companies that the traditional media likes to fawn over. Not so here at the Automated Future, and here's why. Do you ever stop and think about who makes all the parts for those amusement rides you love? How about those sophisticated machines at the doctor which someday might save your life?

In today's technologically dependent world, your local hospital, your favorite vacation spot, and even the car you drive to work would be powerless without not only JR Automation but also companies like Bastian Systems, MPI Solutions, and Setpoint Systems. Today, in this special report from Automated Future, we will look at the inner workings of the companies you may not know, but couldn't live without.

Automation's Effects On Society

We know that many of you are skeptical about the larger-order questions that all this automation poses. Is there a dark side to the convenience of our lives of technological luxury? Is there a downside to the automation made possible by JR Automation and the others we'll be exploring today? Well, we hope to put your fears to rest and make you a thorough believer in the gospel of Google, the doctrine of faith in technology alone. And if that scares you - well, perhaps it should!

America's Historical Obsession With Automation

Technology didn't become an obsession on its own. Sure, technology has its costs, but if you've ever seen an episode of Mad Men, you understand how even the most deathly machines can be painted in rosy hues. That's how cars overtook the American landscape.

While most of us couldn't possibly live without our cars today, cars were much more than just a literal vehicle to get from here to there. In the 1950s, America didn't just buy Chevy's or Fords. What they were buying was a dream, an association promised by advertisers. Cars weren't just a big hunk of metal; for children, teens, and now, increasingly, men with midlife crises, cars represented an escape from all the problems life offered.

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It's A Great, Big, Beautiful Tomorrow

Back in the 1950s, automated everything was all the rage. Have you ever seen Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress? It's an entire show- automated with life-size hydraulic, talking robot-people- dedicated to the idea that machines and technology can solve all of mankind's darkest problems. The Amish might even call it a cult of sorts, and it's a cult that has sold America on the new religion of salvation through technology alone.

From Automat To Laundromat

The coin-operated laundromat was another example of America's burgeoning historical obsession with technological automation. Though all of us know what a laundromat is, most of us don't understand how long they've been around, and how they got started. The Laundromat is a multi-billion dollar industry that got its start during the post-World War II-boom in production. The snap for many companies after World War II was that they had legions of factories and employees from the wartime production, but no more war gear to produce.

Those businesses, and the managers who had staked their careers in those businesses, found the answer to their post-war slump in pushing more and more technology, much of which would prove beneficial to America in various ways. For instance, the Laundromat was actually a brand of washing machine pioneered by an entrepreneur named Westinghouse. Even though the coin-operated laundromat has survived to this day, many folks do not understand how he got the idea for the name.

Machines Aren’t As Flexible As People

What was the Automat, and why did it not survive? Well, changes in the marketplace prevented the automat from keeping up with the quickly changing needs of American business. And perhaps that's the critical issue with many automated processes.

From a strictly production standpoint, when the marketplace changes, it's very difficult to teach a machine new tricks, whereas it's relatively easy to train a person to do something differently. For most automation systems, once the robots are produced and programmed to mass-produce product, it's not just difficult but costly to get the machines to stop doing what they were built specifically for, and to use them for something different.

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Death Of The Automat

That's how the automat died. For years of depression and recession, the almighty nickel was worth something, and so vast Automat empires were built on the backs of the nickel.

The problem of machines replacing people is one primarily of a lack of flexibility, and the costs associated with that failure to adapt to a changing business world. Automat mammoth Horn and Hardart's empire of automats was destroyed because their expensive machines that served food for a nickel or nickels apiece couldn't adapt to a world where food would ultimately cost a couple dollars for a meal. That's a lot of nickels!

Automation Making A Comeback

The Automated World of today's America is a culture in which young people are no longer confined to their own homes or cities of birth. It's a culture in which if you want to be on the other side of the world tomorrow, for a price accessible to most Americans, you can do it! Is it any wonder that the Mamas and the Papas sang about "leaving on a jetplane" and not knowing whether they'd be back again?

Such is the love affair that Americans have had with their planes, trains and automobiles. Heck, we even made a movie called Planes, Trains, and Automobiles! The American of today is going, going, going, attended to at every step of his journey by machines.

Even the counselors, psychotherapists, and pastors of yesteryear have been replaced by machines. If you don't believe me, where do you go when you need an answer to a problem? You go to your search engine. And yet, for anyone who has ever had to deal with the problems of an automatic customer service phone system, you know the problems of replacing people with machines will never go away.

JR Automation: A Company Committed To People

We're very pleased to present these companies to you, such as JR Automation, because companies like JR Automation seem to have such a good handle on the potential downfalls of automation - and by extension, the machine replacement of people. In this way, JR Automation and the other companies here are more than likely than their competitors to limit the inevitable side effects of using tools to accomplish jobs that people can often do better.

No matter what you think of the brave new world of instantaneous picture-taking and military-grade guns affordable to most Americans, it's good to know there are companies like JR Automation with a finely attuned eye toward keeping technology human-friendly.

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Pricing

Because JR Automation ships to companies all over the globe, JR has some of the lowest prices in the industry for devices and manufacturing gear ranging from clinch riveting to assembly integration. Their economies of scale along make it possible for JR Automation to stay atop the needs of a quickly changing world.

How It Compares

We picked a few similar products available on the market to see how they compare.

  • Bastian Solutions
  • MPI Systems
  • Setpoint Systems

Services: 5 Out of 5 Stars

JR Automation provides every manner of service imaginable through the vast array of machines they produce. We're talking bowl feeding. We're talking case packing. How about force and distance monitoring? All of these may mean nothing to you if you're not in the manufacturing industry, but they amount to total control over your manufactured product if you make goods in the 21st century.

Turnaround: 5 Out of 5 Stars

It doesn't matter what industry, process, or application JR Automation is dealing with. They have a track record of delivering on time for the jobs you need done the most. Depending upon the complexity of the parts you need, this can vary, however, you'll be hard-pressed to find such a human-friendly company deliver faster than JR Automation.

​Certification: 5 Out of 5 Stars

JR Automation fulfillment specialists are so good at what they do, they train the world in their team's subjects. That's why they've been certified by some of the world's top companies, like ABB, Panasonic, Yaskawa, and RIA.

Customer Support: 5 Out of 5 Stars

JD Automation offers 24-7 emergency support, for a turnaround as quick as your own clients' needs demand.

Pros

  • Serves every industry.
  • Custom-built solutions.
  • Processes that serve people.

Cons

  • Their efficiency is a threat to competitors.
  • Working at JR Automation is challenging.

Bastian boasts the best solutions for customer automation built upon the fastest speed, the best quality, and an edge in the realm of automation. They operate and create a range of industry-leading technology with the aid and implementation of augmented reality and current ahead-of-their-time solutions that help clients excel in a quickly evolving business landscape.

Services: 4 Out of 5 Stars

Mobile and autonomous robots that are increasingly human-friendly help provide Bastian Solutions' customers with an edge over their competition that can be a lifesaver for any customer-facing or "b2b" business, no matter what their clients sell in the realm of products or services.


Turnaround: 5 Out of 5 Stars

Bastian Solutions clients report that they are satisfied with the timeliness of the turnaround on all Bastian systems. Bastian Solutions clients like Newegg, New Linen Apparel, and PartsTown all report increased sales in their varied lines of hundreds, even thousands of different brands that directly improve the quality of people's lives because of being served by the products Bastian helps make. And they do it on time, always.

Certification: 5 Out of 5 Stars

Bastian Solutions' experts often provide many of the certifications necessary to meet clients' needs quickly and with the quality Bastian Solutions is synonymous with in all the industries Bastian serves, making their clients look good in fulfilling their own orders.  Because Bastian conducts a variety of production lines in a variety of industries, its certifications required of employees are immense and varied.

Other jobs may not require certification but Bastian ensures that you're fully trained and are adept at mental and physical practices before touching a machine. And if that's not enough, their quality control department ensures all products function flawlessly before making their way to the shipping dock to you.

​Customer Support: 4 Out of 5 Stars

Bastian customer support is dedicated to its clients' success. Never ones to shy away from fixing a problem, they delve into specifics and don't let you leave until your issue is fixed.

Pros

  • Provides solutions, not just product.
  • Focused on the future.
  • Helps operation of your products.

Cons

  • No offices in China.
  • Products require a big investment.

MPI Systems are all about the wax, literally! If your business needs wax and wane, have no fear, because MPI is here. Actually, they're in New York, but wherever you are, whatever you need done, they're up to the challenge - particularly if it involves your wax room. MPI Systems has practically made a name for themselves by expanding the automation category of the wax room, and now they're here to make sure your wax room shines.

​Services: 3 Out of 5 Stars

The wax room is a critical part of many manufacturing operations, and MPI does this superbly. This said, services offered are rather wax-room-centric. This can be a good thing for those who are intent on implementing the best wax room technology. Specialization breeds greatness, and these folks are committed! You may choose a company like JR Automation for tasks you need done not involving the art of Wax.


Turnaround: 5 Out of 5 Stars

All the companies we examine here wouldn't be on this list if they weren't at the top of their game, and MPI Systems has no noticeable blemishes on its ability to amaze in the realm of quick shipment of its units, or completion of any job. When you focus on a few tasks and don't get distracted by trying to do everything, you do them well, and this is the case with MPI Solutions.


Certification: 5 Out of 5 Stars

MPI Systems meet all the legally and morally necessary certification requirements for all the realms they do business in. Namely, MPI Automated Systems are certified for standards like IEC61010, SEMI 52, and beyond. Its leadership has been diligent in ensuring that the company meets all these standards consistently and transparently so that all clients and all stakeholders have the knowledge they need about the products and services rendered to ensure their own safety and success resulting from their direct or indirect relationship with MPI.


Customer Support: 3 Out of 5 Stars

No matter what time it is, there's an MPI office somewhere around the globe that is open and ready to deploy its resources to take care of your unique challenges associated with MPI's products and services. All the phone support reps from MPI undergo a strict training process to ensure that they're knowledgeable in all the technical areas you'll need them to help you with.

In rare cases, if you need them to get in touch with higher help for a specialized problem, they have the authority to get you connected with that expertise at the drop of a hat.

Pros

  • Wax room leaders.
  • Worldwide support network.
  • Remote monitoring.
  • Operator's manual for all products.
  • Many industrial applications.

Cons

  • Not the biggest automation company.
  • Services are heavily wax-focused.

It's the mass-production capability of JR Automation combined with the customizability of their acquisition, Setpoint Systems. Ready, set, setpoint! Short and sweet automation systems deems that it's time to implement a custom automation solution that will keep your costs under control.


Services: 4 Out of 5 Stars

Fully customizable is the name of the game at Setpoint. With this high level of customization come several drawbacks. for instance, Setpoint may not be your best solution for extraordinarily large quantities (thousands, millions) of mass-produced goods. That said, it's among the best services for the smaller to mid-size business looking to make a dent in the industry by staying agile and varying its line of products on a moment's notice, even its business plan.


Turnaround: 4 Out of 5 Stars

Setpoint's customization means they're dedicated to taking care of their clients no matter how long it takes. If you're looking to implement an innovative solution requiring innovative equipment by Setpoint, naturally, the greatest solutions may not be available at a moment's notice.

However, the engineers and designers at Setpoint are innovators just like you. It's why they love doing what they do. And so whatever your need is, they'll figure out an economical way to make it happen or refer you to someone who can make the dream work - most likely at JR Automation, since it's now the same company.


Certification: 5 Out of 5 Stars

Because Setpoint Systems has been acquired by the JR Automation family, you can count on Setpoint Systems achieving the same rigorous certification requirements across the board that it's now-parent company JR Automation lives up to every day.


Customer Support: 5 Out of 5 Stars

Part of the reason JR Automation gained Setpoint Systems just recently is that of its outstanding support services, and so we can expect this to continue with the new acquisition.

Pros

  •  The accessibility of JR Automation.
  • Highly customizable solutions.
  • High quality standards.
  • Globally available support.
  • Economies of scale = lower costs.

Cons

  • The danger of monopoly looms.
  • It might fulfill orders faster than expected.

Conclusion

Photo of a white robot

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Just because of its size alone, JR Automation gets our highest five stars out of five stars rating, however, on all levels, customer support, certification, turnaround, JR never fails to impress. JR Automation's latest acquisition, Setpoint Systems, solidifies JR Automation's position as an industry leader by allowing it the benefits of JR Automation's volume game combined with the extreme customizability and future-facing technology of the versatile Setpoint Systems.

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