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Sonoco to boost robotics and automation across global operations


January 26, 2021
By P&PC Staff

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Packaging giant Sonoco is partnering with robotics and automation provider Integrated Systems, Inc. (ISI) to improve the efficiency of Sonoco’s global manufacturing operations.

ISI brings 25 years of advanced automation experience working for several well-known global manufacturing companies, including producing numerous custom robotics systems for Sonoco.

Under this new agreement, ISI will assist Sonoco in developing and executing its global automation strategy as well as designing, engineering, building, programming and installing custom-made robotics and automation systems.

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“ISI has been a trusted automation provider for Sonoco for more than 15 years, including developing customized robotic palletizing and material handling systems for our consumer and industrial manufacturing operations,” says Rodger Fuller, executive vice-president, global industrial and consumer packaging.

“Our purpose in growing our relationship with ISI is to continue to foster a spirit of innovation to drive step-change improvements in our manufacturing operations through use of advanced automation.”

Additionally, Sonoco will annually dedicate capital for automation and robotics projects that will connect to the work ISI will perform, including R&D, prototyping, feasibility testing and project development.

Sonoco operates more than 230 plants around the world, including in Canada and the U.S.