Unlocking the value of Industry 4.0 with 5G

5G for Manufacturing

You are under constant pressure – to improve product quality, boost factory efficiency, stay competitive, enhance safety, security and sustainability, and remain profitable. How can 5G help?

5G opens the door to Industry 4.0

The cornerstones of 5G

Increased speed

From a peak speed perspective, 5G is 100 times faster than 4G. This means that during the time it took to download just one piece of data with 4G the same could have been downloaded 100 times over a 5G network

Reduced latency

Latency is the amount of time it takes to send information from one point to another. When it comes to networks, we usually talk about the difference between the 20 milliseconds of our current 4G networks to the 1-5 milliseconds of the 5G network. This decrease will make delays virtually impossible to perceieve and mean that systems will basically react in real-time.

Reliable connectivity

Mission and business-critical use cases require low latency, high performance and high reliability that only 5G provides.

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Digital Twins

By 2025, there will be 1.5 billion 5G subscribers globally, according to Ericsson’s Mobility Report (January 2019). Digital service providers should already be leveraging 5G networks to offer new types of services to various customer segments. The industry challenge here isn’t finding killer applications, as these will come naturally with the creation of a 5G network. The real challenge is the ability to scale the platform, automate the lifecycle management of network slices and incorporate predictive demand and maintenance. In addition, ensuring optimized operational efficiency in terms of processes to be put in place, along with a behind-the-scenes workforce required to support the platform shouldn’t be neglected. The creation and use of Digital Twins can help to address these challenges.

A Digital Twin is a virtual representation of a real-world entity or system which acts as a mirror to provide a means to simulate, predict, forecast behaviour, and possibly control the real-world entity where applicable.

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Success stories

Tallinn factory--Turning ambition into efficiency and sustainability

At Ericsson, we walk the talk. At our Ericsson Tallinn manufacturing site, we had a challenge that many other manufacturers might be familar with: we had to connect 1 device per every square meter in a 23,000 m2 site. As part of our work, we indentified three main use cases that improve manufacturing with the help of 5G.

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5G ultra-low latency propels manufacturing

Could 5G technology cut the time in one of the most demanding metal processing manufacturing? In our 5G industry collaboration with the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology, we researched new methods for improving process control and discovering manufacturing failures in real-time. The research has looked specifically at the manufacturing of bladed disks (blisks) together with MTU Aero Engines one of the world’s leading suppliers of jet engines

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Our partners


ABB and Ericsson as two global players share joint vision of future flexible production with automation and wireless communication.

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Hexagon and Ericsson are serving the needs of industries by enabling easier and faster capture, transfer and utilization of data.

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HMS and Ericsson retrofits existing machinery with modern equipment for advanced networking solutions in and between factories.

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What we do

Smart manufacturing

The manufacturing industry is entering Industry 4.0. In the quest to automate production and make machines wireless and operations smarter, petabytes of data are being generated and streamed for analysis. This makes safe and sustainable management of data and devices a challenge.

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Smart Warehouse

Warehouse operators are ready for Industry 4.0 to transform efficiency and productivity. As more smart warehouses and distribution centers grapple with growing demands to deliver goods faster, reliable and secure connectivity will be the key for making operations safer, more efficient and profitable.

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