Shawnee firm's 500 people, 30 robotic arms produce fittings for natural gas industry

Published: Friday, July 28, 2017 By: Jim Stafford Source: NewsOK

On the manufacturing floor here at GF Central Plastics, a giant yellow arm with a claw-like “hand” surges forward, grips a length of plastic tubing, lifts it high into the air before swiveling and inserting it precisely into a slot.

The arm then reaches down, exchanges its hand for another and picks up yet another molded plastic piece and places it on a conveyor belt. The entire routine is completed in less than 30 seconds.

That's life for one of about 30 robotic arms operating at Shawnee's GF Central Plastics, fabricator of plastic and metal fittings and one of Oklahoma's largest manufacturers.

Operating from a 500,000-square-foot facility on Shawnee's south side, GF Central Plastics employs about 500 people who produce plastic and metal fittings, as well as specialty parts primarily for the natural gas industry.

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