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5G technology rolls out in Swedish transformer factory

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By Nick Flaherty


A project by ABB Power Grids is using 5G technology from Ericsson in the first commercial roll out in Sweden.

The factory in Ludvika, Sweden, is connecting essential tools such as cordless screwdrivers as part of its digitalization process. 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,” said 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.”

“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,” said Magnus Leonhardt, Innovation and Business Director at Telia Sweden. “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.”

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. Ericsson’s Industry 4.0 ecosystem has 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.

ABB Power Grids is being acquired by Hitachi with completion later this year.

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