Not So Sweet Times At HoneywellKevin Kelly
Take a tour of Honeywell Inc.'s giant factory in Golden Valley, Minn., and you'll see some of the most advanced production technology around. Sophisticated robots assemble parts for the company's home- and building-control systems, each doing work once performed by several people. Yet alongside those robots, high-priced workers assemble small batches of thermometers by hand, laboring over tasks now typically done in low-wage countries. And nearby racks hold copious amounts of inventory--a sight not seen in state-of-the-art factories for years.
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