Bain: Top 10 digitally innovative manufacturing consultants
As one of the world’s leading consulting firms, Bain provides domain expertise, tools, diagnostics, benchmarks, third-party specialists and best practices to achieve immediate value today and build towards a long-term vision. Bain collaborates with Bosch, a member of the Bain Alliance Ecosystem, to provide a state-of-the-art approach to holistic digitalisation. By working together, Bain and Bosch Connected Industry deliver solutions for the operational business and support during implementation.
From procurement and cost management to supply chain efficiency and digital transformation, Bain strives to work with firms across a broad range of industrial sectors to solve a broad range of management challenges. Helping companies to generate real results today and create a strategy that can endure well into the future, Bain’s advanced manufacturing experts provide organisations with deep experience in the aerospace, defence and government services, airlines and transportation, automotive, forest products, paper and packaging, infrastructure, construction, machinery and real estate industries.
Proven track records
Bain has helped some of the world’s greatest companies become sharper, smarter, better versions of themselves for 45 years and its clients outperform the market four to one. Bosch Connected Industry bundles Industry 4.0 software and services for networked production and logistics under the name Nexeed. Customers benefit from the experience of over 280 plants globally. Bosch Industry Consulting draws on an experienced pool of experts from several industries as well as production and logistics. As a result, customers receive practical solutions for practical applications with a focus on concrete customer benefits.
Strategy informed by real-world experience
The mix of Bain’s comprehensive expertise in strategy consulting, across all industry sectors and in all parts of the world, with Bosch Connected Industry’s invaluable perspective as a creator, user and distributor of Industry 4.0 solutions results in digital operations solutions tailored perfectly for your production and business processes.
A comprehensive approach
Working together, Bain and Bosch Connected Industry doesn’t just address innovative networking concepts as they apply to all facets of manufacturing, but can also apply the right digital strategies to indirect and support functions, including quality management, HR, finance and IT, to ensure the right level of enterprise integration.
A collaborative spirit
Bain and Bosch Connected Industry work its customers to accurately assess the current digital status of plant networks. The organisations determine which technologies to implement and which to leave out which results in transparent and efficient production in a connected network.
Siemens: Providing the First Industrial 5G Router
Across a number of industry sectors, there’s a growing need for both local wireless connectivity and remote access to machines and plants. In both of these cases, communication is, more often than not, over a long distance. Public wireless data networks can be used to enable this connectivity, both nationally and internationally, which makes the new 5G network mainframe an absolutely vital element of remote access and remote servicing solutions as we move into the interconnected age.
Siemens Enables 5G IIoT
The eagerly awaited Scalance MUM856-1, Siemens’ very first industrial 5G router, is officially available to organisations. The device has the ability to connect all local industrial applications to the public 5G, 4G (LTE), and 3G (UMTS) mobile wireless networks ─ allowing companies to embrace the long-awaited Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).
The router can be used to remotely monitor and service plants, machines, as well as control elements and other industrial devices via a public 5G network ─ flexibly and with high data rates. Something that has been in incredibly high demand after being teased by the leading network providers for years.
Scalance MUM856-1 at a Glance
- Scalance MUM856-1 connects local industrial applications to public 5G, 4G, and 3G mobile wireless networks
- The router supports future-oriented applications such as remote access via public 5G networks or the connection of mobile devices such as automated guided vehicles in industry
- A robust version in IP65 housing for use outside the control cabinet
- Prototypes of Siemens 5G infrastructure for private networks already in use at several sites
“To ensure the powerful connection of Ethernet-based subnetworks and automation devices, the Scalance MUM856-1 supports Release 15 of the 5G standard. The device offers high bandwidths of up to 1000 Mbps for the downlink and up to 500 Mbps for the uplink – providing high data rates for data-intensive applications such as the remote implementation of firmware updates. Thanks to IPv6 support, the devices can also be implemented in modern communication networks.
Various security functions are included to monitor data traffic and protect against unauthorised access: for example, an integrated firewall and authentication of communication devices and encryption of data transmission via VPN. If there is no available 5G network, the device switches automatically to 4G or 3G networks. The first release version of the router has an EU radio license; other versions with different licenses are in preparation. With the Sinema Remote Connect management platform for VPN connections, users can access remote plants or machines easily and securely – even if they are integrated in other networks. The software also offers easy management and autoconfiguration of the devices,” Siemens said.
Preparing for a 5G-oriented Future
Siemens has announced that the new router can also be integrated into private 5G networks. This means that the Scalance MUM856-1 is, essentially, future-proofed when it comes to 5G adaptability; it supports future-oriented applications, including ‘mobile robots in manufacturing, autonomous vehicles in logistics or augmented reality applications for service technicians.’
And, for use on sites where conditions are a little harsher, Siemens has given the router robust IP65 housing ─ it’s “dust tight”, waterproof, and immersion-proofed.
The first release version of the router has an EU radio license; other versions with different licenses are in preparation. “With the Sinema Remote Connect management platform for VPN connections, users can access remote plants or machines easily and securely – even if they are integrated in other networks. The software also offers easy management and auto-configuration of the devices,” Siemens added.