Inside SugarCreek’s IoT-Enabled Smart Factory
The Internet of Things has come to the dinner table. No longer a far-fetched technology trend, the IoT brings real efficiency, productivity and safety to today’s factories and buildings.
Food manufacturer SugarCreek recently gutted a 70,000-square-foot facility and expanded it to more than 400,000 square feet. Along the way, the building received a complete technical upgrade to equip it for the Internet of Things, giving SugarCreek capabilities that were pipe dreams only a few years ago.
John Richardson, Chairman of the Board and CEO, SugarCreek
Ed Rodden, CIO, SugarCreek
Dan Sileo, Vice President of Manufacturing, SugarCreek
Mike Doegnes, Systems Engineer, Cisco
- Employees wear RFID-tagged bump caps, generating workflow productivity data and ensuring their location during emergencies
- A network of 260 video cameras allows remote employees and partners to watch operations and assist with maintenance from off-site locations
- The new connected technology should increase labor utilization from about 80 percent to well above 90 percent
- Once fully operational, the Cambridge City facility will create nearly 400 new jobs in a distressed rural community