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Smart manufacturing

The manufacturing industry is entering Industry 4.0. In the quest for lean manufacturing and smart production, petabytes of data are being generated and streamed for analysis. This makes safe and sustainable management of data and devices a challenge.

Intelligence is being moved from the devices into the cloud for increased performance, cost-efficiency and flexibility. The requirements for advanced manufacturing and concepts like digital twins in the production line call for a fast, stable, secure and simple connectivity solution. Digital transformation of an industrial environment is only as strong as its underlying foundation, which is why choosing a secure, reliable cellular connectivity standard is essential.

When you automate manufacturing, a dedicated 4G/5G network offers a smart, secure, wireless connectivity solution. By eliminating costly cabling, it enables easy reconfiguration of production lines for an agile factory. This flexible manufacturing helps meet customer demand for a variety of products. It has the benefits of cellular security for data and device integrity and an open platform for applications and services for factory developers, device manufacturers and OEMs. A private cellular network in the factory is the first step towards exploiting the value, efficiencies and gains of Industry 4.0 concepts and use cases. Any business or industry that wants to be part of the new wave of economic growth should start using 4G/LTE to begin the digital transformation now and quickly transition to 5G.

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Read the latest Ericsson Mobility Reports with insights to realize advanced manufacturing through the internet of things (IoT) and the role cellular plays in helping manufacturers reach their production efficiency goals.

Smart manufacturing model showing how to connect users and things.

Simple Connectivity

Massive IoT means millions of devices like sensors, requiring a simple and secure way of adding, activating and managing new device connections.

Secure Connectivity

With more connected and wireless devices comes a higher risk of issues & cyber breaches. Secure transmissions, updates and ways to verify assets & data will be crucial.

Stable Connectivity

Critical IoT use cases require low latency and instant feedback.  Processes will be orchestrated and controlled remotely from the cloud and need a stable and resilient connection with SLA guarantees.

Discover Ericsson’s 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.

Ericsson Industry Connect logo, photographed at a smart manufacturing event.

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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Private Networks

Enable business-critical and mission-critical industrial use cases with 4G and 5G connectivity. Offer scalable and highly reliable solutions for industries. Use automation and AI to boost network operation quality and efficiency.

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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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Connectivity: the overlooked advantage for the smart warehouse

With the need for just-in-time delivery, challenging peak seasons, and labor shortages in many markets, distribution and logistics companies must find new ways to meet demanding customer expectations while keeping costs in line. To increase productivity warehouses need to deploy a new level of fast, secure connectivity to support Industry 4.0 solutions and intelligent warehouse automation.

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Use cases

Welcome to the smart factory

Three Ericsson factories in Sweden, Estonia and China are fast-tracking the introduction of a new generation of smart manufacturing. See how cellular IoT enables smart factories. 

Safer vehicle production powered by 5G-enabled human-robot collaboration

Ericsson has partnered with Audi and sensor manufacturer SICK to revolutionize safer vehicle production using 5G technology. Learn more about how 5G is adding a new dimension to human–robot collaboration.

MTU Aero Engines

Uncover the business value that results from introducing 5G technology into the production of bladed disks at a turbine factory.

SKF smart factory

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.