Walking around MTU's engine maintenance facility in Hannover, it's easy to be impressed with the sense of organization and activity. Among the racks of high-value parts and rows of large jet engines there are people in abundance. No one is unoccupied, however; everyone is moving or working with purpose -- there's no place for idle chatter. For a high-tech facility with high-tech products, robots are almost absent. There are plenty of machine tools, of course, but few are left to the ...

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