ABB Power Grids Taps Ericsson to Enable 5G-ready Factory

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ABB Power Grids has selected Ericsson to enable 5G-ready factory connectivity

The project represents the first in Sweden to commercially use the latest version of the Ericsson Industry Connect 5G-ready network in a fully operating manufacturing site.

ABB Power Grids is a global leader and pioneer within power technology, addressing power and automation for the smart grid. As an initial step, the Ludvika factory is connecting essential tools such as cordless screwdrivers as part of its digitalization process. Further on, handheld computers will also be connected in order to improve connectivity quality and efficiency compared to their current solution.

The project is a collaboration between leading communications service provider Telia, system integrator AFRY (formerly ÅF Pöyry), ABB Power Grids and Ericsson and shows how ecosystem partners come together to enable digital transformation for smart manufacturing. The partners have deployed, integrated, and managed the 5G-ready dedicated cellular network to enable flexible, efficient, and improved production quality.

“We are reviewing remote management of different processes to improve security, efficiency, and quality aspects. Another example is the optimization and remote monitoring of our drying facilities, which operates 24/7 and requires monitoring,” says Tobias Hansson, Site manager, ABB Power Grids in Ludvika and Senior Vice President, Power Transformers in Europe at ABB. “It is important to continue to be a pioneer. For more than a century, ABB has delivered innovations that have changed the world. I think that it is vital that we invest in new technology to develop our business.”

Magnus Leonhardt, Innovation and Business Director, Telia Sweden, says: “With a dedicated network, ABB Power Grids now have access to a robust and secure infrastructure to support critical data streams between different systems in a connected factory. It is also an innovation platform to test new technologies with partners. We are now discussing how to connect more of the production in the factory to accelerate the company’s digital transformation.”

Erik Josefsson, Head of Advanced Industries at Ericsson, says: ”Ericsson launched a global partnership with ABB at Hannover Messe in April 2019. I am proud to see ABB Power Grids is one of the first ABB factories to go live with a private mobile network in real shop floor production, just after one year.”

LTE and 5G create new possibilities for industries. By deploying a dedicated network in a fully operational factory, ABB Power Grids have access to a fast, robust, and secure network solution which is required for secure data intelligence.

The Ericsson Industry 4.0 ecosystem is rapidly expanding with over 30 official device partners, nine application partners, and seven system integrators to date. The global partnership between Ericsson and ABB extends across research, business, and factory connectivity.