Welcome, Guest  |  Login    Register

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.

Read More

Blog Posts

jmoad
Five Ways Manufacturing Execs Should Lead on Cybersecurity  in Cybersecurity

The one piece of good news coming out of the recent WannaCry ransomeware attack, which infected over 200,000 computers worldwide and at least temporarily crippled hospitals, shops, and schools, is that it does not appear to have directly targeted the control systems on which most manufacturing plants and equipment rely. Although the outbreak did reportedly upend some manufacturing operations—including production at Renault automotive plants in the U.K. and France—the exploit apparently targeted vulnerabilities in some unpatched instances of the Microsoft Windows operating system which is not at the core of most Programmable Logic Control (PLC) systems and Distributed Control Systems (DCS) in production operations at most plants. Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on May 19, 2017
Views: 341
dbrousell
SAP Sapphire Day 1: Accelerating Digital Transformation  in Transformative Technologies

Nearly 30,000 SAP customers, partners, and media representatives converged at the Orlando Convention Center in Florida yesterday to open the software company’s annual Sapphire conference, and the message they heard was loud and clear – companies need to accelerate their transformation into digital businesses. Read More →

Posted by David Brousell on May 16, 2017
Views: 526
jmoad
Study: Women Are Becoming More Positive About Manufacturing Careers  in Next-Generation Leadership and the Changing Workforce

Employers and educators have made measureable progress over the past two years in attracting, recruiting, and retaining women to work in the manufacturing industry. But, as a recent study by Deloitte, the Manufacturing Institute, and APICS shows, a great deal more needs to be done to forge company cultures that prioritize and benefit from gender diversity. Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on May 05, 2017
Views: 1401
dbrousell
Exact Unveils Major Software Architectural Change  in Transformative Technologies

Exact Macola, a developer of business software for small- and medium-size companies, has unveiled a new release of its flagship Macola enterprise resource planning product that emphasizes greater usability, including its use on tablet computers. Read More →

Posted by David Brousell on Apr 27, 2017
Views: 1508
dbrousell
Augmented Reality is Center Stage at AGCO Plant Tour  in Transformative Technologies

Agriculture equipment maker AGCO Corp.'s pioneering efforts with Google Glass was the subject of a Manufacturing Leadership Council tour at the company's Jackson, Minn., facility last week. More than 70 ML Council members and invited guests toured the nearly one-million square foot site. Read More →

Posted by David Brousell on Apr 11, 2017
Views: 3185
jmoad
New “Factory of the Future” Study Foresees Dramatic Changes by 2030  in Factories of the Future

The transformative effects of four global megatrends are interacting to reshape the vision of tomorrow’s factory, according to a newly-released study by Frost & Sullivan’s Manufacturing Leadership Council. (https://go.frost.com/forms/mlc_fof) Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Apr 03, 2017
Views: 3309
jmoad
M4.0 Success Will Require Adoption of a Digital Culture  in Next-Generation Leadership and the Changing Workforce

The transition to Manufacturing 4.0 will be more demanding than any previous era of industry transformation, a panel composed of senior manufacturing leaders told the Manufacturing Leadership Council recently. That’s because, for most manufacturers, the transition to M4.0 will require multi-dimensional change, incorporating profound technology shifts, significant changes in customer demand and expectations, business model innovation and, not least, the need for a new digital culture and leadership skills within the manufacturing enterprise. Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Mar 14, 2017
Views: 4931
jmoad
Meet the 2017 Manufacturing Leadership Awards Winners  in Manufacturing Advocacy

The 91 manufacturers announced today as winners of the 2017 Manufacturing Leadership Awards, in fact, are proof positive that M4.0 is much more than a theory or future vision. These ML Awards winners are putting M4.0 into practice today and are well on the way to creating a state in which production is increasingly automated, modular, data-driven, agile, predictive, and rapidly reconfigurable to meet changing demands and competition. Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Mar 01, 2017
Views: 5667
PTate
Proto Labs CEO Vicki Holt Joins the Manufacturing Leadership Council’s Board of Governors  in Manufacturing Leadership Council

Frost & Sullivan’s Manufacturing Leadership Council, the foremost global business network for senior industrial executives, announces the election of President and CEO of Proto Labs, Inc. Vicki M. Holt, to the Manufacturing Leadership Council’s Board of Governors. Read More →

Posted by Paul Tate on Feb 23, 2017
Views: 1014
jmoad
Scaling Digitization Projects into an M4.0 Strategy  in Transformative Technologies

It’s one thing to take on a small, well-defined project aimed at proving the potential of digitizing a process such as maintenance on a single line or in an individual plant. It’s quite another to take the experiences gathered from such small projects and build them into a Manufacturing 4.0 roadmap that aligns with the strategy defined by the company’s senior leadership team. Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Feb 02, 2017
Views: 7046