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AI quality inspection robots playing bigger role at factories in Japan

AI quality inspection robots playing bigger role at factories in Japan

At a factory south of Toyota City in Aichi Prefecture, robots have started sharing the work of quality-control inspectors, as the pandemic accelerates a shift from Toyota's vaunted "go and see" system which helped revolutionize mass production in the 20th century. Inside the auto-parts plant of Musashi Seimitsu Industry Co Ltd, a robotic arm picks up and spins a bevel gear, scanning its teeth against a light in search of surface flaws.

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