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Industry 4.0

Industries are under constant pressure – to improve product quality, boost factory efficiency, stay competitive, enhance safety, security and sustainability, and remain profitable.

Continuing to drive operational efficiencies through traditional cost-cutting measures now provides only marginal gains. Industry 4.0 is about the significant transformation taking place in the way goods are produced and delivered – moving toward smart production and the flexible factory. To stay competitive, factories and warehouses must leverage technology and digitalization to become much more agile and efficient.

While industries have automated many processes, secure wireless connectivity empowers factory automation, making industrial automation possible on a much larger scale. By creating a digital foundation, manufacturing automation will increase productivity and performance.

Huge gains await industries that cut the cord and go wireless. Wireless cellular connectivity supports the business outcomes that industry expects from Industry 4.0. For instance, in manufacturing, it enables flexible production by allowing smart factories to rapidly changeover production lines to shorten lead times.

Enable smart manufacturing.

The transition to Industry 4.0 will depend on a successful adoption of many new technologies. To accelerate smart manufacturing, digital twins of machines and operations will be a necessity, as will production automation and real-time control of equipment and tasks. For instance, Ericsson’s factory in Tallinn has demonstrated that with augmented reality (AR) troubleshooting, the average fault detection time reduction combined with better ergonomics and faster information sharing, can boost productivity by up to 50%.

Industry 4.0 will help make smart machines smarter, factories more efficient, processes less wasteful, production lines more flexible and productivity higher. Built on the foundation of smart, secure, wireless connectivity there are opportunities to extend machine life through predictive maintenance, support rapid material handling, monitor every detail of the shop floor, and leverage collaborative robots simultaneously with mobile communication. This will help factories realize their goal of becoming a “lights out factory”, a new term that describes the vision of a fully automated factory.

Wireless cellular solutions for factories and warehouses.

Enterprises implementing Industry 4.0 need fast, reliable, secure wireless connectivity solutions. Ericsson’s wireless connectivity solutions, purpose-built for industrial environments, provide secure, reliable coverage, high device density, predictable latency, and full visibility of machines, processes and data.

Ericsson offers global connectivity and user management through the IoT Accelerator as well as on-premise connectivity solutions for industries.

How the wireless factory improves production efficiency

Better connectivity for Industry 4.0? Easy.

Ericsson Industry Connect is an easy-to-install, easy-to-use, easy-to-manage connectivity solution for factories and warehouses. It includes an intuitive cloud-based management portal, with no telco expertise required.

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Flexible connectivity leveraging CSP assets

Ericsson Private Networks are flexible solutions based on standard Ericsson 3GPP 4G and 5G portfolio. The solutions are specifically designed to provide enterprises with full control over QoS and security, to cater for business-critical and mission-critical communication needs for all industries

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Global connectivity and device management

Ericsson IoT Accelerator provides global connectivity with 30+ service provider customers and 3000+ enterprise customers across 100+ countries and 20 million subscriptions on the IoT platform.

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IoT Industry 4.0 Smart wireless manufacturing

Smart Wireless Manufacturing

How better connectivity is the foundation to gain the value, efficiencies and productivity of Industry 4.0 concepts and use cases in factories and warehouses.

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Partnering to get more out of Industry 4.0

Partnering to get more out of Industry 4.0

Tech device partner, software vendor, reseller, system integrator, solution provider or digital industrial revolution stakeholder? Join the Ericsson Industry 4.0 Partner Program.

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Better connectivity for Industry 4.0? Easy.

5G and Wi-Fi6: Choose the right technology for the job

What are the technological advancements and timelines for both 5G cellular and Wi-Fi technologies?

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News & our thought leadership

News | Ericsson automated smart factory operational in China

Ericsson’s Nanjing factory is now among the most advanced manufacturing facilities in the world.

Industry 4.0 & AI tools

News | Ericsson and Telefónica to make 5G car manufacturing a reality for Mercedes-Benz

All production systems and machines in the new-build, 20,000 sq m Factory 56 will be connected and operated via secure 5G.

Modernize car factories

News | Industry digitalization a reality as Ericsson Tallinn 5G production goes wireless

Telia and Ericsson jointly piloted a new dedicated cellular IoT network within the factory to increase production efficiency and innovation.

AR & AGVs innovations

Press release | Ericsson, Vodafone and e.GO launch 5G car manufacturing in Germany

Ericsson Private Networks solution will deliver secure and almost real-time data networking across the production chain, from digital material management to autonomous vehicle control.

5G key to manufacturing

Press Release | Ericsson Industry Connect: accelerating Industry 4.0 through reliable wireless connectivity

Ericsson has launched Ericsson Industry Connect, an easy-to-use cellular connectivity solution to accelerate Industry 4.0 digital transformation.

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