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John Deere Planter Factory increases efficiency

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Efficiency at the factory has increased 40 percent since the system went into full production, due to fewer delays and improved material replenishment capabilities for each of the employees.
Efficiency at the factory has increased 40 percent since the system went into full production, due to fewer delays and improved material replenishment capabilities for each of the employees.

John Deere has made several moves to increase the efficiency of the way it replenishes welding material and carries out processes at assembly stations, RFID Journal reported.

The Moline, Illinois factory, which is run by the company's Seeding Group, has implemented a Wi-Fi-based real-time location system to help workers increase the efficiency of their operations, according to the news source.

Efficiency at the factory has increased 40 percent since the system went into full production, due to fewer delays and improved material replenishment capabilities for each of the employees, reported the Journal.

The system was implemented after the agricultural company was seeking an automated solution to improve efficiency within the manufacturing of the factory. Tags that utilize the Wi-Fi capabilities are able to communicate with devices that measure the amount of material in the kitting area of the welding section, the news source reported.

John Deere manufactures the MaxEmerge XP row-crop planters at this site. These machines are used by farmers to plant a variety of seed in the soil through the use of the VacuMeeter seed-metering system, according to the company website.  

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