Machine Manufacturing

Fendt Adopts Ubisense Location-Based Systems

August 8, 2012

The agricultural equipment manufacturer has installed the technology in its facility in Marktoberdorf, Germany, to cultivate real-time visibility of its production processes.

CAMBRIDGE, UNITED KINGDOM and MARKTOBERDORF, GERMANY--/Marketwire/ -- Ubisense Group Plc., a market leader in location solutions technology, is pleased to announce that 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 manufactures 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 that 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. The Ubisense solution eliminates the need to scan barcodes on gear work orders, which helps to automate the manufacturing process as well as to improve the quality and 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, said: "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."

Richard Green, Ubisense Chief Executive, said: "This win with Fendt is a significant vote of confidence in our location-based manufacturing suite. Given AGCO Group's extensive array of agricultural equipment brands, this represents an exciting opportunity for Ubisense."

About AGCO
As a leading global manufacturer of agricultural equipment, AGCO offers a full line of tractors, combines, hay tools, sprayers, and forage and tillage equipment, which are distributed through 2600 independent dealers and distributors in more than 140 countries worldwide.

About Ubisense
Ubisense is a market leader of location-based smart technology, which enables companies to optimize their business processes. By keeping track of key assets, Ubisense solutions bring clarity to complex operations in industries while also improving quality and reliability. Ubisense uses a unique combination of advanced industry knowledge and an experienced team to deliver effective and superior solutions that offer unprecedented visibility, control, and accuracy, delivering time and cost savings. Ubisense solutions are easy to implement and flexible for particular businesses needs, no matter which area of the globe they operate in.

Ubisense offers two location-oriented products: real-time location solutions and geospatial systems and operates in a number of industries, ranging from manufacturing and utilities to transportation, and its products are used by a number of blue chip customers across the world, such as BMW, Airbus, Aston Martin, Caterpillar, and Deutsche Telekom.

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