LAS VEGAS -- Ericsson has introduced Industry Connect, which it says simplifies and optimizes industrial digital connectivity. The video above illustrates the advantages of Ericsson's dedicated cellular network, which can currently work with 4G and is capable of enabling the upcoming 5G cellular technology.  Ericsson said Industry Connect enables communication service providers to offer dedicated cellular networks at factories and warehouses starting with 4G/LTE, with a clear path to 5G. 
At the Hexagon Live Conference heldin July, Norbert Hanke of Hexagon delivered a keynote titled, “Smart is Hiding in Plain Sight.”  In a nutshell, Hanke said Smart is hiding in the data that goes unused, such as machine data.  An important aspect of data mining is in the transmission of the data.
Hanke introduced Erik Josefsson from partner company Ericsson.  Joseffson discussed the exciting future of using dedicated 4G (soon to be 5G) licensed networks in manufacturing.
Current wireless technologies are not up to the task of delivering the speed and reliability needed to run today’s smart, connected factory. Issues with latency and dead spots make running a truly connected factory impossible.  Cables or cabling used in combination with wireless systems can be cumbersome and counterproductive and lack flexibility.
According to Josefsson, a dedicated 4G/5G network based on a licensed spectrum can provide the reliability, device density, scalability and security that current systems struggle to achieve.
The woodworking industry is ramping up for Industry 4.0 as never before.  The need for speed along with connectivity was increasingly apparent at the recent Ligna Hannover Fair in Germany, the global mega show for the woodworking industry.  All of the major machinery suppliers from Europe exhibited the latest in autonomous cells, smart manufacturing, and robots of every size imaginable performing a myriad of tasks.

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