Data is assembled. A digital thread links physical and virtual worlds for a unified view that optimizes decision-making and strategy. Now what? In this third installment of our series, we examine how a digital platform is used to assign, support and report on what people and things do. This is for strategic, operational planning and execution, and it is an effective way to transform productivity.
While some mining companies are evaluating how to launch such “digital worker collaboration” solutions in their own operation, other industry sectors have already seen significant success deploying virtual twin planning-to-execution optimization platforms.
Nearly a decade ago, AGCO, the world’s largest manufacturer of tractors and the third-largest supplier of agricultural machinery, implemented a Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM) platform which captures real-time production data to enable quick visibility to all production activity with drill-down options to the machine level. A production dashboard provides key performance indicators which are updated continuously for management review. The system automatically captures machine/production states (running, downtime, set-up). AGCO’s system downloads work orders from its ERP system, which are then updated with production data to form a seamless continuous improvement loop.
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