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Schenectady company using modern STEM to take diapers back in time

September 07, 2018 04:25 PM

SCHENECTADY - A Schenectady company is hoping to use STEM to take new parents back in time. Their vision is to go back to an age of cloth diapers. They say they have a better product than Pampers and Huggies. It's just going to take a little more engineering to get more babies into Tidy Tots.

The company is bold enough to say their cloth diapers are cleaner.

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It's a three-piece design -- a cover, a booster and the liner. All are held onto your beautiful and waste-producing infant by a series of 22 snaps. The only problem is manufacturing them.

Glenn Saunders with the RPI Center for Automation Technology systems is working with Tidy Tots to semi-automate the process of installing those snaps. Hopefully, A $50,000 grant from not-for-profit FuzeHub pays for all of RPI's work.

There is a lot of precision in making a diaper. That precision is a problem for Sandra Beck. She wants to hire more workers with disabilities at her location in Schenectady ARC's Pine Ridge Facility. The work is too complex for some.

Beck has high hopes. She wants RPI's new machines to increase production five to six fold – and she wants STEM to help her hire more people, instead of fewer.

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Asa Stackel

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