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This BEinCPPS experiment is implemented at John Deere, an international market leader for agriculture machinery

The focus of the experiment is on a worker based assembly process and the variations of the products to be assembled. In order to support the worker we introduce CPS that indicate parts necessary for the current order. The Pick by X system, which is introduced, does not only support the workers but also reduces the integration effort of support solutions for picking.

CPS-based pick by X system for worker assistance

Main objectives of the Experiment

  • Reducing human mistakes in manual assembly processes

  • Minimize errors and consequently non value adding activities

  • Shortening ramp up phase of new employees

  • Reducing effort in providing appropriate working instructions

  • The KPI to be measured is the first pass yield meaning the rate of products produced without errors.

The business impact of errors in the experimentation area have a strong link to the moment an error is detected. If an error is detected early in the production process, the costs will be low and vice versa. This means that at first errors should be eliminated at all. If this is not possible, a quality gate will help to detect errors early and give the worker an indication to do rework.

Main results expected to achieve in the Experiment

  • Providing platform for vendors of manual work support software

  • Easy integration of new technology supporting workers on the shop floor

  • Reducing human caused errors in manual assembly processes

  • Earlier detection of errors

  • Reducing costs of errors happening in manual assembly processes

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