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Augmented Reality is Center Stage at AGCO Plant Tour

Posted By David Brousell, April 11, 2017

AGCO_Jackson3.jpgIs an augmented reality or virtual reality system in your factory’s future?

The technology, in the form of Google Glass, has already entered the mainstream of factory operations at AGCO Corp., where it is being used to improve quality in the manufacturing of the company’s huge agricultural machines. At AGCO’s Jackson, Minn., site, 30 workers use Google Glass in operations. By the end of the year, the company expects to have 180 people using the technology.

AGCO’s pioneering efforts with Google Glass – an optical, head-mounted device designed in the shape of eyeglasses that, using a small, built-in processor that can access the Internet as well as applications, displays information directly in a user’s field of vision – was the subject of a Manufacturing Leadership Council tour at the Jackson facility last week. More than 70 ML Council members and invited guests toured the nearly one-million square foot site where the company’s Massey Ferguson and Challenger wheel tractors, Challenger track tractors, and RoGator and TerraGator application vehicles are built.

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