Ericsson, Comau to explore 5G for smart manufacturing

Ericsson 5G for smart manufacturingEricsson and industrial automation company Comau will leverage 5G network technology, IoT platforms, Cloud and Big Data solutions to enable innovative services, increase efficiency for smart manufacturing, maintenance and quality control.

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The 5G collaboration aims to establish a research and industrial community and an innovation ecosystem where Comau and Ericsson, their customers and other stakeholders may join and collaborate to boost ideas and share resources, in order to showcase the benefits of advanced IoT solutions for different applications.

“Our strategy to make more and more open industrial automation and technologies is enhanced by a new element, represented by the agreement signed with Ericsson. This collaboration enables us to develop the technological infrastructures for the communication networks of the Factory 4.0,” said Mauro Fenzi, CEO of Comau.

5G technology offers benefits to manufacturing processes because of its capacity, reliability and security to enable remote control and monitoring of processes. 5G and advanced analytics solutions can enable manufacturing companies to assist in analyzing and predicting faults and potential threats before they occur.

Ericsson’s 5G for Europe initiative focuses on delivering research, innovation and industrial pilots that use 5G networks combined with IoT and Cloud technologies targeting European markets such as Sweden, Spain, Germany, Austria and Italy.

Comau’s IoT R&D program called Digital Workplace focuses on delivering research, innovation and industrial pilots that use next-generation wireless and wired networks, combined with IoT, artificial intelligence (AI), data analysis and visualization, data management techniques and Cloud technologies.

Comau, Ericsson and Italian telecom operator TIM will identify innovative solutions enabled by the 5G technology within the Cloud Robotics and Security segments.

Ericsson said the scope of the project is to enable wireless monitoring solution to process sensors data from robots and the plant in real time, applying analytic based on encrypted processing and provide feedback to the customers for preventive maintenance.