Top 10 digital factories: Nokia
Ranking on our list of Top 10 digital factories, we take a look at how Nokia is revolutionising the manufacturing industry with its solutions.
Driving agile manufacturing with digital automation and business critical solutions
To improve productivity, reliability and security, as well as lowering operating costs, Nokia helps its customers reap the benefits of industry 4.0 with network solutions that bring businesses into the digital age.
“We can help you build an Industry 4.0 network that’s ready to connect an unparalleled volume of machines, IoT sensors and data. One that lets you take advantage of mobile workstations and robotics, and new digital technologies like machine learning, AI and cognitive analytics,” says Nokia.
The company provides end-to-end solutions to deliver speed, flexibility and efficiency allowing companies to see the potential of digital transformation. Nokia also provides the capability to mitigate security threats, ensure stability and reliability, automate and streamline processes, and align IT initiatives with business strategies.
Industrial grade Private Wireless 5G
With its industrial grade Private Wireless solutions, Nokia strives to remake manufacturing. With its solutions the company provides scalability and flexibility as well as the coverage needed to create a smart digital factory.
“It lets you connect an unparalleled volume of machines, IoT sensors and data while taking advantage of automation with mobile robotics, and new technologies like machine learning, AI and cognitive analytics. And it gives you a network that’s fully primed for 5G.”
Key features of Nokia’s Private Wireless
Connectivity and capacity to cost effectively expand
The ability to block unauthorised access, maintain data privacy and protect intellectual property
Flexibility to make production process changes in real-time
Reliability and service continuity
The ability to future proof investments with 5G
With these key features Nokia strives to reduce downtime, improve operational efficiency and increase the speed to market for those in the manufacturing industry.
Nokia’s Future X architecture
By harnessing Industrial Internet of Things, edge computing, cloud, artificial intelligence, machine learning, augmented and virtual reality, and high-performance networking – including 5G – Nokia aims to drive productivity improvements within the industrial sector.
With Nokia’s Future X architecture, manufacturers can combine intelligent networking with digital technologies to support industry 4.0 innovation.
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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.