WEF 2020: Ericsson teams with ABB for Industry 4.0

Ericsson is teaming up with 5G partners ABB and Swisscom to highlight the value of adopting Industry 4.0 solutions to global political and business leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

The three partners have been granted the rare privilege of staging a 5G Robotics demo demo at the World Economic Forum.

The demonstration – which comprises two cloud-connected ABB robots over Swisscom’s Ericsson-powered live 5G network, showcases human-robot collaboration and control over wide distances utilizing the real-time communication capabilities of 5G. Text and names can be written by visitors at one demo station and mirrored in real time by the second robot writing on sand 1.5km away.

With 5G-enabled smart manufacturing set to transform industry and enterprise in coming years, the demo is designed to show delegates the power of 5G to replace traditional wired industrial set-ups and to highlight the role of humans-robot collaboration in smart manufacturing. Digital twins in manufacturing supports better operational design on site as well as improving life cycle management and overall equipment efficiency.

The three partners will also highlight the link between 5G Robotics and the sustainability gains resulting from flexible factories to remote maintenance services. The combination of waste reduction and service enablement will support the future output and global trend of customized demand.

Borje Ekholm, President and CEO, Ericsson said, ”5G technology partnerships across business, government and society are key to developing the digital economy. By embracing and enabling such partnerships, new digital opportunities can be realized to benefit the global economy, national economies, and businesses of all sizes.”

Peter Voser, CEO and Chairman, ABB said, “ABB will continue to drive the digital transformation of the industry by investing in innovative solutions and products. Our partnership with Ericsson and Swisscom helps us to seize the full potential of 5G for industrial manufacturing.”

Urs Schaeppi, CEO, Swisscom said, “The joint demo uses our live 5G network in Davos to give a glimpse of the capabilities and various possibilities of 5G for manufacturing and robotics. The time is now to step in to 5G.”

Åsa Tamsons, Senior Vice President and Head of Business Area Technologies and New Businesses at Ericsson said, “This is also about highlighting the importance of partnerships in Industry 4.0 to business and political world leaders.”

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