Using the 5G-ready Ericsson Industry Connect, ABB Power Grids is integrating more digital solutions into its transformer factory in Ludvika, Sweden to increase productivity and performance.
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 digitalisation 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 optimisation 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.