Canoas (RS), July 18, 2018 - The fourth industrial revolution, or industry 4.0, is the movement in which technologies such as augmented reality and robotics in production lines are used to generate improvements, increase efficiency and, consequently, boost competitiveness. To show all the innovations that are already used in the Brazilian units, AGCO, a global leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of agricultural machinery and solutions, hosts the Smart Factory Showcase in Canoas (RS) on July 18.
The event has the theme "The Factory of the Future, Today" and presents the most modern trends in manufacturing, technologies that not only guarantee cost improvements but, above all, improve efficiency and quality of production. There is still a considerable opportunity for adhering to these innovations in Brazil; according to a CNI (Brazilian Industry Confederation) study conducted in 2017, only 1.6% of the companies surveyed operate with industry 4.0
"Industry 4.0, in association with Lean Manufacturing, is the next evolution of the factories, connecting machines, people, materials and processes in the most efficient way. Digitalization and automation are revolutionizing how factories operate, creating a supportive environment for JIT (Just-In-Time) production with security, quality and zero waste", says Alexandros Aravanis, AGCO's director of Manufacturing Engineering and Continuous Improvement .
"The Smart Factory Showcase shows how we are implementing the latest technologies in our factories to continue leading the agricultural machinery industry and the 4.0 Industry movement", says Daniel Cantarelli, AGCO's Manufacturing Engineering Manager. "Before Brazil, the only unit to host this show so far was AGCO’s headquarter in Duluth, Georgia, in the United States, which highlights the strategic importance of our country to the company."
AGCO's intelligent factory concept aims to integrate the pillars of material, personnel, equipment and processes, increasing the productivity and quality of the machines produced. "With greater technology in-company, we can always offer farmers the most innovative products in the field, developing new products for even more connected farms," says Cantarelli.
Check out some of the technologies that will be presented at the Smart Factory Showcase:
- Exoskeletons - New in Brazilian factories, the equipment is connected to the operator's body, offering support and providing more comfortable and healthy positions during repetitive movements or that require physical strength.
- Google Glass - Augmented reality glasses that show the employee information, tasks and photos on the screen just above the line of sight, making it easier to perform the operation. Currently, the devices are used by quality inspectors at the Canoas and Ibirubá (RS) plants.
- 3D printers - Now in operation in the Canoas (RS), Mogi das Cruzes (SP) and Santa Rosa (RS) units, this equipment is used to quickly and accurately manufacture from prototypes of new components to templates that help the production of new parts or products.
- IAGVs (Intelligent Auto Guided Vehicle) - Robotic and self-guided platforms that trace a route programmed to transport monoblocs through the factory. Before using this technology, the assembly was made with racks fixed to the ground in "rails". With AGV's, employees perform installations and checks while the component is guided automatically through the plant. This technology is also used in the logistics of supplying materials in the production lines.
- COBOTs (Cooperative robots) - Cobots, already under testing at Mogi das Cruzes plant, can operate in the same environments of the operator, with the necessary safety. The robots are easily programmable and can be guided manually, or taught to operate alone. In addition to having devices for limiting power and force, the operation speed reduces when it notices the presence of a human near them, ensuring total safety to operators.
- Virtual Factory Model and Virtual Simulation (Plant Simulation) - A 3D model of the factory is created by means of a previous reading made with lasers, which guarantees a precision of up to 6 millimeters. In this way, those responsible can quickly scan and simulate future process drawings, adjusting the internal organization of production lines, either to receive new products or optimize activities.
 Study of Brazil scenario conducted between June and November 2017, with 759 large and medium-sized companies.
AGCO (NYSE:AGCO) is a global leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of agricultural solutions and supports more productive farming through its full line of equipment and related services. AGCO products are sold through five core brands, Challenger®, Fendt®, GSI®, Massey Ferguson® and Valtra®, supported by Fuse® precision technologies and farm optimization services. Founded in 1990, AGCO is headquartered in Duluth, Ga., USA. In 2017, AGCO had net sales of $8.3 billion. For more information, visit http://www.AGCOcorp.com. For company news, information and events, please follow us on Twitter: @AGCOCorp. For financial news on Twitter, please follow the hashtag #AGCOIR.