How Dassault Systèmes and Ericsson Provide Industry 4.0 Solutions for Digital Transformation
New market trends in manufacturing requires the adoption of Digital Infrastructure through 5G Private Networks. I love when we are able to help Dassault Systèmes customers transform the manufacturing of the very products that enable these Industry 4.0 solutions. It is a partnership with circular benefits for the entire industry, the workforce and us, the consumer, who crave new products, experiences and connected lifestyles.
Ericsson is a great example of one of those customers. As one of the leading global providers of Information and Communication Technology, their solutions are critical to modernizing manufacturing. At Dassault Systèmes, we are proud that our DELMIA manufacturing and scheduling solutions are the “heartbeat” of the Ericsson smart factories producing the advanced 5G systems that will unlock the potential of Industry 4.0 for other manufacturers.
Connected manufacturing is a key requirement for digitalization and increased efficiency and flexibility on the shop floor. DELMIA solutions are the backbone for many traditional industries but they are in their element when leveraged with Industry 4.0 technology, such as digital twins, augmented reality, cobots and other virtual world innovations. These innovations unlock great value for manufacturing but they also require the right environment to be successful.
Alastair Glover, Marketing Lead for Dedicated Networks from Ericsson explains the key elements of connectivity that manufacturers should be considering.
“Next-gen smart applications require absolute reliability and lowest latency to ensure production flows are seamless and uninterrupted. Add the requirement of flexibility in a facility where process layout can be quickly reconfigured with minimal downtime, and automated vehicles can move unobstructed, we see that a wireless connectivity solution is needed – specifically using 5G technology. 5G is allowing manufacturers to connect multiple Industry 4.0 solutions on a single network, with uncompromised reliability. And since a connected factory produces massive amounts of data, we believe it is a private network which is best suited, ensuring that critical data remains secured on-site.”
DELMIA solutions can leverage these capabilities to great effect with use-cases enabled by next generation connectivity. For example:
- Live/interactive shop floor monitoring: real-time data collection from every critical workstation in use that provides greater visibility to WIP and resource status to increase flow and asset performance for improved OEE.
- Augmented Reality training & production: high bandwidth, low latency connectivity allows workforce virtual operations to improve build quality and reduce training/assembly times.
- Virtual Twin Experiences: realtime data transfer between physical operations and virtual models of resources enables rapid validation of facility layout changes and virtual commissioning, increasing overall agility of manufacturing.
Ericsson has seen additional use-cases in their very own smart factories that manufacturers could benefit from. Alastair explains more.
“End-to-end solutions are what drive efficiencies and value in manufacturing. The Ericsson USA 5G Smart Factory is adopting many Industry 4.0 applications that are running off our Ericsson Private 5G private network.
Some examples are:
- As driving sustainability and energy efficiency is an Ericsson priority, energy monitoring and management is important. Gathering data about machinery across the factory and showing real-time energy consumption and turning off unused machinery is resulting in an energy savings.
- Augmented Reality for remote support. AR headsets used by maintenance teams to troubleshoot and repair equipment by connecting to support teams, and getting step-by-step system generated and knowledge-based guidance in real time.
- Machine learning based on visual inspection. Visual inspections are often time-consuming and come with a high risk for error. By using a high-resolution camera and machine learning algorithms for visual inspections, the accuracy of the inspection increases and inspection times reduced.
- End-to-end digital thread for production. Machine downtime causes significant cost for manufacturers. Tracking component history, supplier information and test results accelerates root-cause analysis and can reduce repair costs by approximately 20%.”
With product complexity increasing across all industries, it is becoming an imperative for manufacturers to increase the agility at which they need to adapt to change and disruption to remain competitive. Additionally, workforce challenges are forcing many companies to move towards higher levels of automation that further drives the need for connected and smart manufacturing.
Dassault Systèmes and Ericsson are at the forefront of addressing these requirements for Industry 4.0 and we both have a legacy of deep industry expertise in how to deliver the necessary capabilities. It simply feels like “good business” when our partnerships can provide state of the art solutions for manufacturers to take the next step in digital innovation.
Learn more about the Dassault Systèmes High Tech Smart Factory solution and the possibilities offered by DELMIA and Ericsson Industry 4.0 solutions.
Adrian Wood, DELMIA Strategy & Marketing Director, Dassault Systèmes
Alastair Glover, Marketing Lead for Dedicated Networks, Ericsson