Accelerated by increasing globalization, manufacturing is in a constant race for productivity and efficiency. One way to bring down costs, while maintaining a high level of quality, is fully automated production, which is commonly claimed to be the future of manufacturing. But automation, in many cases, is neither easy nor profitable due to the complex nature of tasks, the need to transfer knowledge that is difficult to express or extract, and the current insufficient capabilities of automation. In addition, production employees say a large part of the tasks are still dull, dirty and even dangerous.
Will manufacturing companies invest in connected production tools that automate their production processes and empowering employees – making them smarter, swifter and safer? If taking what some call the Industry 5.0 track, what manufacturing segments are taking the lead? Is wireless connectivity important for these initiatives? What options manufacturers have for wireless connectivity? How does 5G fit into wireless connectivity plan? These are some of the questions this presentation will try to answer. In doing that, we will look at Ericsson Private 5G offering and how it can provide an evolutionary path for automation of critical processes and help move towards complete digitization.