LG Electronics home appliance manufacturing plant in Clarksville, Tennessee has been selected as a “Lighthouse Factory” by the World Economic Forum (WEF). The plant is the first home appliance factory in the United States to be included in WEF’s global network and is the second such factory for LG, following their Smart Park facility in Changwon, South Korea, which was selected last year.
A Lighthouse Factory is recognized by WEF for its role in shaping the future of manufacturing through the integration of the Internet of Things (IoT), big data, artificial intelligence (AI), robots and other Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies.
The Clarksville factory is a million-square-foot facility that produces LG’s washers and dryers. It utilizes advanced digital technologies, including AI and big data, IoT, and robots, with an annual production capacity of 1.2 million washers and 600,000 dryers. The facility features a fully autonomous logistics system with 166 automated guided vehicles (AGVs) and an advanced detection system that recognizes and responds in advance to potential productivity issues.
Additionally, LG plans to establish a 5G connectivity network across the facility and introduce Autonomous Mobile Robots in the second half of this year to improve efficiency further.
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