Loading And Shuffling
Here you can see a robot loading glass into a sort of exit airlock out of its chamber. Between such chambers there are sometimes wide hallways. Special laser-guided forklifts run in prescribed paths, shuttling the glass slowly from one location to the next. Each of these forklifts sports very bright LED readerboards on their fronts, presumably showing their ID code and/or function. These were actually one of my favorite aspects of the fab window tour (no, the bunny suit part of the trip got canned early in the planning stages). I stood there watching the lifters, imagining their drivers flashing funny LED messages at each other and then busting out in a snail’s pace game of bumper cars in the cavernous facility.