You're all right that safety isn't just an option anymore, and it seems like manufacturers are well aware of this fact and supporting this trend. Rockwell also just came out with some tools to help engineers navigate safety as they are designing machines: http://www.designnews.com/document.asp?doc_id=262277
The new composites manufacturing innovation center is intended to be a source of grand challenges for industry, like the kind that got us to the moon under JFK. These aren't the words its new CEO Craig Blue used, but that's the idea and the vision behind the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI).
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