Manufacturers are flocking to adopt 5G, and 76% plan to adopt it by 2024. It’s an exciting time to be a part of the manufacturing sector, but what does that mean for manufacturing businesses?

Red-Fern, an award-winning digital agency, caught up with Sebastian Elmgren, Head of Business Development and Product Marketing at Ericsson. Sebastian spoke on the ReMake Manufacturing podcast and shared his vital expertise to aid others in their manufacturing journey.

Ericsson is leading the charge in industry 4.0 and pioneering 5G in factories to boost productivity and propel manufacturing forward. 5G is having a much faster uptake within the manufacturing industry, compared to other technologies. 

Faster speed is an obvious reason, but not the only one. It’s also bringing greater throughput and greater device connectivity, which opens the door to smoother and more innovative ways of working.

The potential for 5G to transform the manufacturing industry is immeasurable. By promising decreased latency, enhanced security, and the ability to support artificial intelligence (AI) and augmented reality (AR), the impact will be enormous.

The strongest driver within manufacturing is the need for increased flexibility and less downtime. The market is demanding manufacturers pivot and adapt their production processes, so it’s more flexible to different product mixes and volumes going up and down.

In our podcast, Sebastian Elmgren says:

“If you still need to rely on an engineer coming down to the shop floor, you are losing that extra agility. In China, we run a 5G connected drone to do inventory in the warehouses. It completed it 50 times faster than when done manually.

“So, instead of having an army of workers scanning everything, we fly through and scan, so that’s a really good use case. So I see 5G as the enabler for this flexibility going forward into the future.”

Manufacturers who want to succeed, be one step ahead of their competitors and be leaders in the industry are adopting 5G right now. Will you?

If you want to know more about the power of 5G in manufacturing, or you want to have insight into some of the most unflinching business and personal truths within the manufacturing sector – listen to ReMake Manufacturing, the podcast for B2B manufacturers.

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