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January 31, 2012


Rudy Schneider

Talk about "thinking outside of the box!"

Joe S.

Thanks for the chuckle but definetly an old story; fix the result of the problem, not the cause of the problem.

Robert Seay

Besides the twist at the end. the whole project had a major flaw. They spent $250,000 to only DETECT the empty boxes. An automatic method to remove the empty boxes should have been implicitly included in the original project. Having someone to manually remove the empty and then restart the line completely goes against he grain of automation.

William Ketel

I figured out a similar solution before I got done reading the story. Actually, we did something a bit like that a whole bunch of years ago, except that it didn't use a fan. The out of spec products took a different trajectory when they had to jump a gap between conveyors.

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