Fendt tractors, a brand of the AGCO group (with over 20 Manufacturing plants worldwide) have adopted a production installation of the Ubisense Location based Manufacturing suite to streamline its Manufacturing facility in Marktoberdorf in Germany.
Fendt manufacture a wide range of agricultural tractors at the plant and have installed the Ubisense solution to provide real-time visibility of their production process with particular emphasis on the throughput of complex gears and assemblies.
After a successful pilot project which started in late 2011 AGCO Fendt decided to rollout the project in the entire gear production hall .
The Ubisense Location based Manufacturing suite provides automatic recognition of the gears being assembled as well as automatically detecting the entry into a work station as input for the new Manufacturing Execution System (MES.) The Ubisense solution eliminates the need to scan barcodes on gear work-orders, in itself not a value adding activity, and therefore helps to automate the manufacturing process as well as to improve the quality and the productivity.
Each of the gears is equipped with a Ubisense tag, so that it can be located precisely through the manufacturing process by sensors mounted at fixed locations along the production line. The tags, which have a unique identifier, are matched to the respective gear order number. The Ubisense Manufacturing suite provides visibility of the manufacturing process by recording, handling and analyzing the location data.
In selecting the Ubisense Solution, Stefan Hoffmann of Fendt, says "we were looking to adopt the best in breed solution for our complex manufacturing process and found that Ubisense offered the precision, reliability and a thorough understanding of our business"