World-class production with 5G and a connected industry

Hitachi ABB Power Grids’ transformer factory in Ludvika, Sweden uses the latest mobile technology in an active production environment, now connected to its own 5G-ready mobile network. This next step within connected industry and smart manufacturing is made possible through close collaboration with partner companies Ericsson, Telia, and AFRY.

The connection is based on the latest mobile technology and enables flexible, efficient and qualitative production. As a first step, the factory that manufactures tap-changers, an important component of a transformer, has been connected to its own mobile network. Among other things, wireless torque wrenches, which require reliable and robust data, have been connected to the network, giving the operators reliable real-time data and thus complete control of the number of torque wires, which ensures the quality of the tap-changer.

The project is part of Hitachi ABB Power Grids’ ongoing digitalisation journey, and efforts are being made to integrate more digital solutions in the factory to further optimise and streamline production. The goal is to expand and upgrade the existing mobile network with 5G technology.

The business is looking at, among other things, remote control of different processes, which benefits Hitachi ABB Power Grids from a safety-efficiency and quality perspective. Another example is optimisation and distance monitoring of our drying plants, which in principle runs 24/7 and thus require monitoring. For Hitachi ABB Power Grids – a company that has developed innovations that have changed the world for more than 100 years – it is important to stay at the forefront and to invest in new technology to develop its own business.

5G creates entirely new conditions for the industry. By installing the latest mobile technology in production, businesses around the world obtain a fast, robust solution with real-time data that does not leak.

The technology that is installed in the factory makes it possible to gather more knowledge about the products during production, to detect errors at an earlier stage, and to provide greater transparency and traceability. In the long term, technology will allow for increased automation as well as the use of machine-learning and AI applications.

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