Artificial intelligence has been getting a lot of attention for use in creative applications such as photos, videos and writing. (Although as we've mentioned in the past, PN isn't a big fan of using AI to replace human reporters.)
But for the plastics industry, AI may be the logical next step in Industry 4.0 — able to not only take over repetitive tasks like those performed by collaborative robots but also learn as it does those tasks and improve production. So rather than reprogramming a cobot to add a task, the cobot can learn the task itself. Or it can learn when to contact a human.
Here are a few examples of AI and manufacturing from just the past few weeks:
• Materials supplier Alterra Holdings LLC uses AI in combination with cameras, scales and sensors to track moisture level in resins and make adjustments as needed to meet customer requirements.
• Metaspectral, a Vancouver company, has targeted its AI software to improve recycling collection through improved sorting of plastics.
• Tristar AI Inc., a software company created by the son of a film manufacturer, combines its technology with camera footage and algorithms to analyze human behaviors then alert plant operators to maintenance needs, missed tasks and production interruptions.
"This is a new type of AI that helps supervisors keep track of what's happening on the factory floor," Tristar AI CEO Salem Karani told PN's Catherine Kavanaugh.