Ericsson deploys private cellular campus network
Designed and deployed by and , at ’s fully automated, solar water heater production facility in Greece, the company is supporting Calpak’s digital transformation with an innovative connectivity solution based on a private cellular campus network.
The innovative connectivity solution is driving the adoption of industry 4.0 and smart manufacturing capabilities in Greece. It reportedly provides excellent security and flexibility to resolve key challenges when it comes to smart manufacturing.
“We are very pleased with this key partnership, with COSMOTE, and with pioneering Greek companies like Gizelis Robotics and Calpak, as well as industrial platform leader, PTC. At long last, we are witnessing the realization of the great potential of mobile broadband and in particular the use of 4G/5G technology for improving the productivity and competitiveness of the Greek manufacturing sector. This is a historic moment for Ericsson in Greece, as we are adding yet another key ‘first’ to our long and successful presence in the country,” commented George Pappas, Chairman and Managing Director, Ericsson Hellas.
Meeting Calpak’s immediate and future needs
The new campus network was designed by Ericsson and COSMOTE to meet the immediate and future needs of Calpak’s by providing advanced wireless connectivity for its two fully automated production lines.
In addition to the new network, is also providing connected robotic arms, and ’s Industrial IoT (IIoT) and Augmented Reality (AR) platforms have been integrated into the campus network as part of the project.
Harnessing such technologies Calpak will benefit from a fully connected, automated production ecosystem,that will increase productivity, lower costs, optimise quality, and ensure fewer disruptions.
“At COSMOTE we have the know-how and experience to provide businesses with innovative solutions that accelerate their digital transformation, enhance their competitiveness, and, as a result, help the Greek economy to grow. Through the implementation of complex tech projects, such as the first mobile campus network in Greece, we prove that we lead the technological developments. With technology as our ally, along with 5G's unlimited possibilities, we will create a better world for all,” added Grigoris Christopoulos, OTE Group Chief Commercial Officer, Business Segment.
Gartner: Leaders Lack Skilled Smart Manufacturing Workers
With organisations rapidly adopting industry 4.0 capabilities to increase productivity, efficiency, transparency, and quality as well as reduce cost, manufacturers “are under pressure to bring their workforce into the 21st century,” says Gartner.
While more connected factory workers are leveraging digital tools and data management techniques to improve decision accuracy, increase knowledge and lessen variability, 57% of manufacturing leaders feel that their organisations lack the skilled workers needed to support their smart manufacturing digitalisation plans.
“Our survey revealed that manufacturers are currently going through a difficult phase in their digitisation journey toward smart manufacturing,” said Simon Jacobson, Vice President analyst, Gartner Supply Chain practice.
“They accept that changing from a break-fix mentality and culture to a data-driven workforce is a must. However, intuition, efficiency and engagement cannot be sacrificed. New workers might be tech-savvy but lack access to best practices and know-how — and tenured workers might have the knowledge, but not the digital skills. A truly connected factory worker in a smart manufacturing environment needs both.”
Surveying 439 respondents from North America, Western Europe and APAC, Gartner found that “organisational complexity, integration and process reengineering are the most prevalent challenges for executing smart manufacturing initiatives.” Combined they represent “the largest change management obstacle [for manufacturers],” adds Gartner.
“It’s interesting to see that leadership commitment is frequently cited as not being a challenge. Across all respondents, 83% agree that their leadership understands and accepts the need to invest in smart manufacturing. However, it does not reflect whether or not the majority of leaders understand the magnitude of change in front of them – regarding technology, as well as talent,” added Jacobson.
Technology and People
While the value and opportunities smart manufacturing can provide an organisation is being recognised, introducing technology alone isn’t enough. Gartner emphasises the importance of evolving factory workers alongside the technology, ensuring that they are on board in order for the change to be successful.
“The most immediate action is for organisations to realize that this is more than digitisation. It requires synchronising activities for capability building, capability enablement and empowering people. Taking a ‘how to improve a day in the life’ approach will increase engagement, continuous learning and ultimately foster a pull-based approach that will attract tenured workers. They are the best points of contact to identify the best starting points for automation and the required data and digital tools for better decision-making,” said Jacobson.
Long term, “it is important to establish a data-driven culture in manufacturing operations that is rooted in governance and training - without stifling employee creativity and ingenuity,” concluded Gartner.