CSE498, Collaborative Design, Fall 2023
Computer Science and Engineering
Michigan State University

Magna, founded in 1957 as a small tool and die shop, has evolved into a global automotive technology and manufacturing powerhouse. They are a key player in the automotive industry, supplying components and systems to major vehicle manufacturers worldwide, and shaping the future of mobility solutions.

In the fast-paced world of manufacturing, gaining real-time insights into the intricate operations of a factory has long been a formidable challenge for floor managers. Understanding the status of machines, monitoring inventory levels, and optimizing plant layouts can be a daunting task.

Our Composable 3D Model for a Manufacturing Plant system solves this problem for Magna, using an innovative web interface that models Magna’s manufacturing plants in an intuitive 3D representation, shown on the right. Our tool transforms how floor managers oversee their manufacturing facilities, prioritizing convenience and efficiency.

Our platform provides a precise 3D representation of the entire manufacturing plant, with every machine and storage unit accurately placed, each tagged with the real-time status of the asset.

Floor managers access real-time insights throughout the factory to monitor efficiency and productivity remotely. By selecting any machine or storage unit, users instantly retrieve critical data such as operational status and storage capacity.

Our tool allows Magna’s floor managers to easily customize the layout of their plant, view the operation’s status, and quickly identify issues and weaknesses.

Our system utilizes CesiumJS, which enables factories to be displayed, updated, and traversed by users. Factories and all of their assets are encoded in GeoJSON. Saving and loading factory layouts are done using Node.js API calls to a MongoDB database.