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John Deere Forestry drops downtime from 100 to 15 hours

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Introducing off-line programming has enabled the Joensuu plant of John Deere Forestry to virtually eliminate production downtime caused by re-programming of robotic production systems. The downtime for re-programming associated with making the frame of a new forest machine model has been cut from 100 hours to 15 hours.

“It’s less than a fifth of the downtime we used to have,” says Raimo Sorjonen, Head of Development. Offline programming has thus given an average of 85 extra hours of production time. Since new products are continuously being developed, reprogramming robot cells is a factor of increasing importance.