The use of Smart Technologies in our production processes
For over 120 years, we have printed millions of science fiction books. In some of them, we can read stories about robots that, having acquired a self-consciousness, undertake a struggle for supremacy over the human species.
The industrial reality is quite different. In our plants, we rely on robots based on machine learning, a subset of artificial intelligence that uses calculation procedures called “algorithms” to optimize production processes.
Machine learning enables a machine to learn from data on its own, creating an experience that can be reused to complete a task more efficiently.
An example of these smart technologies are the Automated Guided Vehicles (AGV) that we use as a substitute for traditional forklifts.
These vehicles are supervised by a computerized system which orders them to move the paper from the warehouse to the production lines.
With the help of cameras and sensors, the AGVs orient themselves in the building, identify the fastest route to follow and avoid collision with obstacles and people.
Thanks to the AGVs, we have improved the performance of the Printing department and increased safety at work.
Another example of intelligent technology are automatic palletizers.
These interconnected robots have allowed us to increase packaging capacity and improve the efficiency of the Logistics and Transportation department.
The fields of application of artificial intelligence are endless, but this should not worry us.
New technologies support people in carrying out specific tasks, but they do not replace them.
So why not embrace new technologies and find out how they can make our life easier?