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humans and robots working together in grand rapids, mi

in robots @ work by Jeff Green

Meet Chris Hager, IT Manager at Praxis Packaging Solutions, a contract packaging company headquartered in Grand Rapids, MI. “We handle a very wide variety of products. New products are entering the mix all the time. The order of the day is rapid reconfiguration.”

While manufacturing automation is often thought of as a way to do more with less, Baxter wasn’t brought in to replace employees. Instead, the collaborative robot works side by side with its human colleagues. For Chris and the Praxis team, “it’s about the ability to flex our workforce quickly to meet customer demands.” One of the features enabling that is the Robot Positioning System™, which makes for easy redeployment of Baxter in a matter of minutes. Combine this flexibility with a simple, easy-to-use interface, and you have an interactive production robot that empowers employees.

Today, Baxter works on a rotating, blister packaging machine, “emptying the completed cartons from the machine and putting them on a conveyor for packaging. A year from now, at Praxis, I envision having more Baxter robots. I see it being a good fit from an automation perspective because you don’t need specialized robotics knowledge.”

To see Baxter in action at other sites, visit our customer spotlight video gallery.

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Jeff Green

I'm Jeff Green, senior content and social media strategist at Rethink Robotics. When I'm not socializing Sawyer and Baxter, our smart, collaborative robots, I'm usually caught up in the home tornado, also known as my three kids. Love them, my wife, old-school Chinese food, movies, and of course game-changing technology.


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Ted Smith June 24, 2015 at 1:54 pm

That is super cool how in this business, robots and humans are working together to package this product. The humans put in the product in the package and the robot completes the packaging. It seems like a very efficient system. I think that all packaging businesses should use this method in order to increase efficiency.


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