Creating a connected enterprise with 5G for smart manufacturing

December 15, 2020
10:00

5G IOT can extend Industry 4.0 across the supply chain. Manufacturers recognise the benefits that can be realised by extending the reach of the network beyond the factory floor. Indeed, supply chain management is a key area where significant improvements in operational efficiency can be made. This is particularly the case for verticals that command high-margin products, for which greater monitoring and visibility of assets in-transit is of paramount importance. Here, there is an opportunity for a single unified 5G solution which provides end-to end connectivity for mobile assets. Utilising elements of both private and public 5G networks would allow manufacturers to link together segregated systems both inside the factory and across the wider value chain, including supply chain, distribution, warehousing, and customer service.

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Zeetta’s software products offer a ‘service-centric’ network orchestration that simplify and automate network operations and ensure that the network delivers the performance and efficiency required for any successful digital transformation project. In this presentation, Zeetta’s CEO, Vassilis Seferidis, explains how the company’s network slicing and splicing technology can be applied in an industrial private 5G network (such as that deployed by the 5G-ENCODE project at the National Composites Centre) to provide service continuity across private and public 5G networks.
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Manufacturing is becoming increasingly interconnected. Hundreds of thousands of assets can now be proactively monitored and mapped into global supply chains in real time, reducing costs while expanding margins and generating higher value for businesses and end users alike. At the same time, demand for unmatched end-to-end customer experience is requiring manufacturers to go the extra step when it comes to managing the vast amounts of data that is part and parcel of this process. Not only that, but gaps in visibility must be plugged – the value of intelligent solutions on the supplier, factory or distribution sides drops to zero if these disparate parts of the supply chain can’t communicate with one another. Unbroken connectivity is key, but in order to meet the high capacity, high availability needs of the manufacturing sector, 5G is a must
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