Connecting Industry 4.0
Markets want better products, cheaper and faster. Meanwhile, regulations are tightening, key skills are in short supply and globalisation is shifting the competitive landscape. In response, manufacturers are changing the game through technology and connectivity.
The wireless factory
Recent advances in automation and the digitalisation of production control enable factories to work faster and with greater flexibility. They make it possible to scale a process up or down in response to market needs and seasonal demand. Or to switch over production lines faster. Or fine-tune operations on the fly. Underlying these advances is connectivity.
Many such applications continue to be run on Wi-Fi, which is prone to coverage issues and interference from a wide variety of sources. But new-generation mobile networks allow manufacturers to take performance to a new level. You get a dedicated network, based on LTE or 5G, with the performance and security needed to run critical applications with total confidence. Now you have true mobility without the limitations of Wi-Fi. Learn about the advantages of Enterprise Mobile Networks
Bridge the manufacturing skills gap
It’s an all too familiar scenario for most sectors – an ageing workforce and a lack of young skilled workers to replace them. The pressure is on to do more with less and use skills in the most effective way. Data and connectivity are central to this. Making sure everyone has the right information to hand cuts out inefficiency and time wasted on searching for answers through different systems. With the right tools in place, specialists can spend more time on tasks that generate value.
Get value from data
Everyone wants to increase efficiency. But in today’s plants, you have to look harder for the possibilities. Data is key – when you can see what is happening at every step in the process and throughout the value chain, you can find ways to make improvements.
Internet of Things (IoT) is a valuable tool for this. Through sensors and connected devices and equipment, you can get the true picture of what’s happening, in real-time. And when you couple this technology with intelligent data analysis, you are on the way to new dimensions in business insight and decision-making. Learn more about the Telia IoT platform.
Boost manufacturing quality
Uncertainty is the enemy of quality. New technology approaches such as video monitoring and analysis have the power to bring much greater certainty to your processes. In the past, they were challenging to implement, but new connectivity technologies change all that, giving you the speed and capacity to use these approaches on a large scale with highly consistent performance. Quality issues can be a significant drain on resources, but techniques such as video monitoring can give you an edge, ensuring every manufacturing step is carried out precisely. New network technologies give you the speed and capacity to build these capabilities into your production with high reliability.
Data analysis can have a major effect on driving health and safety. Trends and connections become visible so that you can take effective action at the right time. Real-time video analytics lets you efficiently monitor physical security and access rights, and make sure the right people are in the right place, performing the right actions. And with the latest network technology, you can reach everyone, always, anywhere at the site.
Data security for manufacturing
According to IBM’s Cyber Security Intelligence Index, manufacturing is now one of the most frequently hacked industries. Part of the problem is that manufacturing companies don’t consider themselves at risk as they don’t hold large amounts of consumer data.
But with increasing digitalisation of critical processes, a breach can have devastating consequences. Which makes data security a vital aspect of modern manufacturing.
It’s essential to see data security as a business issue rather than an IT problem. It’s not just about changing passwords more often – you need a strategic approach to data security. Learn more about Telia’s security for the cloud
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