Fujistu: how manufacturers can capitalise on the state of the industry using technology
In response to the news that optimism in manufacturing is at a high thanks to domestic orders rising at the fastest pace since 2014, Graeme Wright, Associate Director for the Manufacturing, Utilities and Services, UK and Ireland at Fujitsu has commented on how manufacturers can capitalise on this demand by embracing technological opportunities.
“A boom in domestic demand for UK manufacturing is hugely exciting for the sector and for the UK economy as a whole. 2017 should be an interesting year for the industry. With an increase in technology-enabled automation, new opportunities will open up for manufacturers to adapt their business models, enhance their value, establish new services and move them into the era of servitisation.
"This will make them more desirable to customers and will be vital if UK manufacturing is going to thrive in an age where 47% of the sector believe that their organisation won’t exist in its current form by 2021 in the wake of digital disruption. If manufacturers tap into the opportunities technology enables, it will boost their workforce’s productivity and help to mitigate the increasing demands on the skilled workforce.
“Moreover, thanks to advancements in 3D printing, the sector will be able to produce more components at a mass level that previously would have been costly and time consuming to produce. Not only can it generate more revenue for manufacturers, but can also transform the supply chain and tracking of products as a result of now being able to print sensors into packaging.
“Manufacturers that wish to capitalise on this new domestic demand need to be savvy to the ways in which they can adapt and advance their business. By seeking the right partners that can facilitate and help businesses with their technological needs in this new digital era, they can ensure that they are future proofing their business by being adaptable to the fast moving world around them. Ultimately those that are agile and embrace it will reap the rewards in the years to come.”
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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.