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Montreal ‘Smart Factory’ Aims to Show Potential of Warehouse Automation

As a robotic arm at a Montreal demonstration facility attempts to pick up a small box, it senses that it doesn’t have a good grip, puts the package down, adjusts and tries again.

The robot, at Deloitte Canada’s Smart Factory in Montreal, is not only operating on its own, picking differently sized items off a pallet, it’s also learning from the experience.

Deloitte, a business consulting firm, plans to bring clients to the facility — which it bills as the first of its kind in Canada — to show them what’s possible with new technologies and allow them to better adapt to labour shortages and supply chain disruptions.

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