A national manufacturer of stock and custom plastic packaging solutions for the food packaging, chemical, automotive and household industries faced the challenge of improving its safety and ergonomics associated with its manual system of unloading its Nissei Bottle Making Machine at its manufacturing facility. The company also wanted to find a solution to reduce scrap and increase productivity.
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The Motion Controls Robotic SUBTA has received a positive reception from the employees because of the ease of use and nearly flawless performance of these robots. To ward off any concerns from employees about potential layoffs within the plant, the company presented the new system as an opportunity to ramp up its technology and that new business was waiting for the company if the technology was added.
The plastics manufacturer had used its manual take out system for its entire history for nearly 20 years. This manual system had several pitfalls including a large amount of scrap, which in turn meant money down the drain in throwaway products. The manual system also lacked reliability and increased chances for injuries. The company brought technology into its facility to help increase the production of quality products while making the plant safer for its employees. The company also hoped to increase its sales by improving the manufacturing process efficiencies through automation. Prior to automation, the company had to turn away opportunities to increase its business due to capacity limitations.
Portrait of the Artist as a Young Robot When it comes making art most of us operate under a set of rules we learned when drawing, writing or composing music. So what happens when you feed machines code for churning out art? Turns out plenty, and some of it can be construed as autonomously creative. And if creativity is the seat of the soul, what does that say about our uniqueness when a machine can create its own spark of originality? Join the conversation on how machines will alter the future of art. Plus, be sure to check out Studio 360's art section as well as my curiosity article "10 Ways Robots Could Replace Humans."