Smart manufacturing is the next Industrial Revolution. 5G and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) are enabling factories to seamlessly create a network of wirelessly connected machines and people that can instantaneously collect, analyze and distribute real-time data.
The new technology provides more information to give a bigger picture, allowing for simultaneous product customization and maximum production output, while also offering increased flexibility, traceability, sustainability and safety.
Paving the way
A global leader in the bearing industry, SKF wants to make manufacturing processes and systems faster, safer, cleaner and more robust. The collaboration with Ericsson and Chalmers University of Technology is achieving this through a pilot production system for spherical roller bearings at SKF’s pioneering smart factory in Gothenburg, Sweden.
The smart manufacturing project is enabling Martin Friis and his team at SKF’s world-class factory to radically transform manufacturing, and provide competitive advantage by introducing fundamental changes to the way industries operate.
The future of manufacturing
As a frontrunner in industrial digitalization research, Chalmers University of Technology co-ordinated the 5G Enabled Manufacturing (5GEM) project. Ericsson was a driving force behind the establishment of the Government-supported collaboration with Chalmers University of Technology and the bearing manufacturing company SKF. Professor Johan Stahre outlines the reasoning behind the 5GEM project and why 5G technology will have the power to transform factories and ways of working.
Focus on: IIoT
With far-reaching benefits to industries around the world, the IIoT business model works on the idea that service enablement, cloud, security and connectivity operate as a combined infrastructure.
IIoT imaginatively unites communications and automation – harnessing data analytics, machine-to-machine (M2M) communication and process automation to boost overall efficiency, launching a new era of market opportunities and economic growth.
Smart factories that utilize IIoT are an integral part of tomorrow's intelligent infrastructure, offering an effective platform for future opportunities. 5G-powered technology provides a comprehensive and cost-efficient solution for any manufacturing scenario.
But perhaps the most significant societal development, as Ulrika Engström from Ericsson illustrates, is the way IIoT puts smart tools in the hands of smart people, leading to increased wellbeing and a better-informed workforce. By empowering people with the right information and equipment, the smart factory aims to revolutionize conditions in manufacturing, transporting it into a bright, ambitious future.
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Bringing ideas to life – King’s College London and Ericsson
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A healing hand – King’s College London and Ericsson
We are collaborating with Dr Prokar Dasgupta, a professor and surgeon at King's College London Hospital to explore how the tactile internet can provide patients around the world with access to remote medical specialists. Learn more about this case here.
Leveling-up education with gaming – King’s College London, Rooplay and Ericsson
We are working with King's College London and Jason Williams at Rooplay to unlock education by making gaming more immersive with cutting-edge 5G technology. Learn more about this case here.
Creating an immersive experience – King’s College London and Ericsson
Together with artist, writer and philosopher Ali Hossaini, we are working to discover how 5G can transform the arts and impact sensory experiences, bringing cultural events to new audiences around the world. Learn more about this case here.
Teach anyone to learn anything – King’s College London and Ericsson
The Internet of Skills can enable anyone to become an expert. Together with Dr Mischa Dohler, Chair Professor in Wireless Communications at King's College London, we are learning how to transfer human knowledge remotely. Learn more about this case here.
Safety is no accident – Boliden and Ericsson
By harnessing 5G technology, Ericsson and Boliden are boosting reliable communications in mines to improve productivity and safety. Learn more about this case here.
Take the road untraveled – Scania, the Royal Institute of Technology and Ericsson
Join Ericsson, Scania and the Royal Institute of Technology as they accelerate autonomous, connected transportation fueled by 5G. Learn more about this case here.
Touch the virtual world – ABB and Ericsson
Ericsson and ABB are engineering robot remote control with haptics, enabling us to realistically 'touch' the virtual world for the first time. Learn more about this case here.
Smart fix – Cramo, Husqvarna and Ericsson
Ericsson, Cramo and Husqvarna have created a pioneering proof of concept for process automation, transforming the tool rental business.Learn more about this case here.
Enabling connected healthcare – AstraZeneca, China Mobile, WND and Ericsson
Ericsson is partnering with AstraZeneca, WND and China Mobile to enhance healthcare services in China through collaboration and the Internet of Things. Learn more about this case here.
Champions in digital sports experience – Paris Saint-Germain and Ericsson
We are capturing and controlling data, as well as producing powerful data visualization, to give unprecedented insight into scouting, player health, scheduling, and so much more. Learn more about this case here.
Securing the cloud for the future – TIM and Ericsson
We are connecting people, objects and the cloud to optimize processes, enhance safety and reduce costs in services enabled by 5G projects. Learn more about this case here.
The robotics – Zucchetti Centro Sistemi, The BioRobotics Institute and Ericsson
In collaboration with the BioRobotics Institute and Zucchetti Centro Sistemi, Ericsson is exploring innovative uses for 5G cloud robotics. Learn more about this case here.
The gateway to Tuscany – CNIT, Port of Livorno and Ericsson
Discover how Ericsson, CNIT and the Port of Livorno are considering ways to transform seaport communications by developing a connected port. Learn more about this case here.
A healthy obsession with innovation – Imaginalis, El.En and Ericsson
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On the road to innovation – Piaggio and Ericsson
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We’ve got the X-Factory – Ericsson smart factories
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