Jul 17, 2020

Genpact: Manufacturing Trends that will Change the World

Manufacturing
Genpact
Digital Transformation
Sean Galea-Pace
3 min
Manufacturing Global takes a closer look at Genpact’s “Manufacturing in the Age of Instinct” report.
Manufacturing Global takes a closer look at Genpact’s “Manufacturing in the Age of Instinct” report...

The manufacturing space is in the midst of significant technological change like never before. As manufacturers begin to embrace servitisation and find new ways to create value for customers seeking flexibility, personalisation and ethical choices. As a result, manufacturers must transition from mass production to engineering unique customer experiences.

According to Forrester Research in the Genpact report, it is expected that the robotics revolution will create 15 million new jobs by 2027, equivalent to more than 10% of the workforce. “It’s about the synergy between technology and humans. You can have machines and AI harnessing insights and humans using these insights to meet emerging needs and opportunities,” commented Mark Hall, Vice President, High-Tech, Manufacturing and Services, Genpact. “This man-and-machine connection will deliver the best of both worlds.”

As outlined by McKinsey, companies with agile supply chain practices have higher service levels and lower inventory levels than their less agile peers. To combat this, manufacturers must be more open minded, according to Monty Manoranjan, Senior Vice President, Aerospace and Industrial Manufacturing at Genpact. “Manufacturers must avoid an overdependency on certain geographies as less predictable situations — like global pandemics or natural disasters — can cause huge disruption for manufacturers who aren’t globally minded,” said Manoranjan.

Manufacturing in 2025 - three trends that will change the world

Optimised reality

Customers expect personalisation as standard. Manufacturing will adopt service-led business models where careful customization replaces mass production. Manufacturers will need to attract and develop people with digital skills and an understanding of customer experience for a transition to this service-led future. Technology will present an opportunity to create augmented workforces that can react in real-time to changing conditions. Processes will become even more effective, in an innovation loop that continuously improves. Manufacturers will move from the production silos of the past to a series of systems as agile as they are endlessly responsive. Such systems will usher in a new era of smart factories focused on product optimisation.

How manufacturers can prepare

Connect

  • Become more agile
  • Nurture cognitive systems
  • Make finance the data owner

Predict

  • Get ahead
  • Spot the patterns
  • Put data to work

Adapt

  • Support your workforce
  • Invest in new talent
  • Find diverse skills

Ethical impact

Customers are concerned with the ethics behind the products they purchase. More civically minded brands are communicating a sense of purpose and when purpose is proven to customers, profits follow. Manufacturers are taking their responsibility to the people, communities, and environments involved in their supply chains seriously. They’re hiring employees whose personal values align with business values. This caring culture extends to using technology to keep employees safe. Manufacturers are also prioritising social and environmental issues beyond the factory floor. At the centre of supply-chain innovation is a quest for fairer materials and more ethical practices.

Whole-system planning

The circular economy is the driving force behind a renewed focus on efficient use of resources. Manufacturers must invest wisely to protect the core parts of their business, while freeing up capital to invest in innovative solutions that boost profits. In the wake of social, environmental, and political uncertainty and health challenges on a global scale, supply chains must take a more holistic, circular approach and think long-term to remain resilient. In the coming decade, this will be vital to future profitability. As service-led business models evolve, linear supply chains will become networked supply brains. The rise of automation and data will welcome smart, connected factories and service ecosystems living and breathing new technology, constantly learning and adapting.

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Jun 17, 2021

Siemens: Providing the First Industrial 5G Router

Siemens
5G
IIoT
Data
3 min
Siemens’ first industrial 5G router, the Scalancer MUM856-1, is now available and will revolutionise the concept of remote control in industry

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). 

Siemens presents its first industrial 5G router.
Siemens presents the Scalance MUM856-1.

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

 

5G Now

“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.

 

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