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.

Participants

    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

Video Highlights

  • 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
Oct 30 2015

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