Skincare brand turns to AI to boost speed of packing line

The creators of the automated inspection system for SK-II bottles include (from left) M8M co-founder and director Chua Choon Beng, ARTC chief executive David Low, JM Vistec System managing director Eugene Goh and ARTC group manager of intelligent pro
The creators of the automated inspection system for SK-II bottles include (from left) M8M co-founder and director Chua Choon Beng, ARTC chief executive David Low, JM Vistec System managing director Eugene Goh and ARTC group manager of intelligent product verification Cheng Fang. ST PHOTO: KELLY HUI

Instead of having trained workers examine the glass bottles used for Japanese skincare brand SK-II's products, an automated system powered by artificial intelligence (AI) may be handling the job in the coming years, its parent company Procter & Gamble (P&G) told The Straits Times in a recent interview.

This came out of a collaboration between the American consumer goods giant and Singapore's Advanced Remanufacturing and Technology Centre (ARTC) - a unit under the Agency for Science, Technology and Research - in the new Jurong Innovation District, which is set to be a hub for advanced manufacturing in Singapore.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 23, 2019, with the headline 'Skincare brand turns to AI to boost speed of packing line'. Print Edition | Subscribe