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C.R. Plastics Taps Into Robots To Up Production
Jan 22, 2018
robotsFive new robots will assemble this recycled plastic lumber into C.R. Plastics’ Adirondack chairs.

STRATFORD, Ontario — An investment of $5.25 million in a robotic cell and a continuous extruder has increased the production capacity of C.R. Plastics’ 300,000-square-foot facility.

The five robots in the cell run at least five days a week, three shifts a day, a company spokesperson said in an email to Furniture Today. The robots have tripled the company’s production of Adirondack chairs to more than 180,000 a year and will eventually be used to assemble the company’s swivel Adirondack chairs, pub chairs and modular deep seating line.

“This robotic line is completely flexible and allows for quick changes between products. It runs at twice the rate of our other robotic cell, and it’s going to help us meet customer demand and reduce inventory,” said Brad Girvin, engineering and facilities manager, in the company’s press release.

The extruder runs continuously, doubling the production of the company’s recycled plastic lumber.

C.R. Plastics already is shipping products made with the new equipment to its customers, who include hospitality and commercial companies, brick-and-click and full-line furniture retailers.