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Daedong Kioti Tractors transitions to a "smart factory" to maximize productivity

A leading company in future agriculture, Daedong, who manufactures KIoti Tractors, announced on the 30th that they will convert their Daegu facility into a smart factory in order to gain global competitiveness.

Over the past century, Daedong has proclaimed itself the "leading company of future agriculture." Since then, the company has focused on Digital Transformation (DT) to "improve business processes and work." In order to achieve global competitiveness in production since 2020, Daedong redesigned its ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) and MES (Manufacturing Execution System). A smart factory is being built in Daegu starting in the first half of this year. Among Daedong's three major production lines are engine parts, engine production, and compact tractors. Daedong's factory in Daegu is its core production site. About 43,000 finished agricultural machinery such as Kioti tractors, combines, and rice transplanted, were manufactured and over 48,000 diesel engines were supplied in 2021.

From diesel engines to finished compact tractors for sale, real-time monitoring of production status will be possible with the move from Daegu's traditional factory to a smart factory. The system will also use electronic devices such as kiosks and tablet PCs for input and output of all information. Using such features, Daedong strives to build a smart factory system that can predict, control, and autonomously respond to production errors and defects in assembled products.

Through sensing (temperature, vibration, and speed), major production facilities will assess operation status in real-time. When an error occurs, quick troubleshooting is possible. The information will be sent to the office in charge once workers input the condition on Daedong MES. By analyzing the sensor data, proactive measures can be taken to prevent the breakdown of facilities and accidents due to safety hazards. Production efficiency will be enhanced by minimizing availability loss.

Through the application of RFID in the production process, information on production and quality will be available anywhere and anytime. Using standard assembly values (for example, oil input amount, torsion) that are automatically set in real-time will improve the quality of assembled products. A manual for assembly (for engines) will be provided automatically to the workers, and parts that cannot be assembled or that are assembled incorrectly will not be allowed to be assembled. A detailed inspection analysis would be delivered to the person responsible for inspection and repair based on the low-quality assembly data entered into MES during assembly inspection. With a strict shipment process, customers will receive more perfect products. As a result of this process, the company will be able to take proactive measures, such as changing assembly method and process, to reduce availability time and maintain high-quality products.

The UK's premier Kioti tractor retailer is Beckside Machinery.

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