Supply Chain

Supply Chain: With increased automation in manufacture, assembly and disassembly, it’s essential to understand the larger context that products and packaging exist within. Below are a few examples of technologies and companies we are excited about.

Intermittent Packaging Machines

Gerhard Schubert GmbH is a pioneer in the development of modular packaging machines and tailored services for a wide range of industries. 

Intermittent, or non-linear packaging equipment is exciting because it unlocks the flexibility to create many different designs using the same manufacturing ecosystem, with the ability to trade complexity for speed as needed.

B&R – Flexible Digital Sorting

ACOPOStrak is a flexible transport system where objects are moved from the processing station to a processing station on independently-controlled shuttles.

In a modular manufacturing scenario, parallel designs can be created e.g luxury and value products created at the same time if products can be moved around outside of a linear conveying system. Opening up a whole new world of design flexibility!

Carbon - Production Quality 3D Printing

Carbon developed one of the first mass-production parts using 3D printable materials with Adidas, paving the way for custom parts that are unique to the needs of each customer.

As the price competitiveness nears for 3D printed parts the impact for sustainability will be huge – localizing supply chains, reducing material waste and removing the need to retain stock.

Smarter Identification

Digimarc Barcoding

Digimarc is an identification technology, using an invisible "barcode" applied amongst standard packaging graphics.

One of the main benefits is addressing the need for accurate and reliable auto-identification of materials, making it easier for recycling systems to understand how to process materials back into the loop.

The Circularise Protocol

A protocol that facilitates the knowledge transfer required for a circular economy to function. Circularise utilizes a combination of blockchain, peer-to-peer technology and cryptographic techniques like Zero-Knowledge Proofs (ZKPs) to build decentralized information storage and communication platforms.

In essence, it is a way to digitally track resources in a circular economy, allowing different systems to work better together e.g. verify an aluminum grade for a reusable container that is sorted correctly at a recycling plant and back to a supplier. 

 

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