Agrointelli, the end-user in this experiment is a producer of agricultural technology robots. Up until now, every Robotti of AgroIntelli was produced separately. However, the company is now facing the challenge of producing robots in batches. By increasing the number of Robotti produced and sold, the need for tracking individual properties and completion state of each Robotti being manufactured, also increases. Some Robotti will mainly be used for a specific type of operation (A), driving in a specific country and in specific soil conditions (X), whereas some will use tools (B) and (C) driving in various locations (Y). Such large number of various combinations will each reflect differently on the performance of the robot and the needs for service. Therefore, the Digital Brain needs to be utilised in order to keep track of the status of different vehicles. The Digital Brain will also open up the challenge for different maintenance-related tasks for the different robots. The process will be monitored using data that feeds into a Digital Twin setup that is currently in the pipeline.
PURPOSE OF THE EXPERIMENT
The objective of the experiment is to enable the production of robots to different markets in Europe and North America and to manufacture them in a way that they are born with a digital brain that will follow the robot during its entire lifetime. Different soils and types of agriculture have different requirements. In order to provide the best service, AgroIntelli needs to keep track of each robot driving under different conditions. A part of this problem is to feed operational data into a model in order to obtain a Digital Twin of that specific robot. By accessing this specific Digital Twin, AgroIntelli can customize their maintenance and service for the machine. A challenge for the company is to keep the service up to date with the newest knowledge and knowhow about machines across international markets, as well as to investigate the possibilities for using virtual reality (or similar) for educating their service team across Europe and North-America.
Experiment 6 Overview
From a technical point of view, the customizable Digital Twin that follows each Robotti produced and records all service issues, will allow AgroIntelli to track, react and proact better and more effectively to such service issues than their competitors. This will significantly optimize the information flows for production, service and engineering, enabling better choices for future changes to Robotti, decreased level of service issues, better service training programs for the machine dealers, and ultimately significantly decreasing downtime for the farmer. AgroIntelli will also be able make better proactive service decisions, knowing whether there is likely to be problems with the Robotti, based on the type of use from the farmer or the known issues, and can potentially repair the problem before it creates downtime.
- AgroIntelli is the end-user in this experiment who will define the requirements and provding the data of their robots and their factory.
- DIGIT is the Research Institute and Digital Innovation Hub, which will focus on the digital twin of Robotti, provding the technological support.
- ULBS is the software provider which will focus on the manufacturing factory of Robotti, providing the technology support