Ericsson plans first Smart Factory in the U.S.

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Ericsson plans first Smart Factory in the U.S.

Ericsson announced plans to build a fully-automated smart factory in the US. In it, Advanced Antenna System radios that help extend network capacity and coverage will be produced, as well as 5G radios for urban areas – both product categories are important for 5G deployments in North America.

The smart factory complements Ericsson’s global supply chain, which ensures the company is working close to customers through its European, Asian and American operations, securing fast and agile deliveries to meet customer requirements. Ericsson is also fast-tracking the launch of the next-generation smart manufacturing through a modular and flexible production setup in its existing own factories in Estonia, China and Brazil.
Fredrik Jejdling, Executive Vice President and Head of Networks at Ericsson, says:

We continue to focus on working closely with our customers and supporting them in the buildout of 5G globally and in North America. With today’s announcement, we conclude months of preparations and can move into execution also in the U.S. In addition, we are digitalizing our entire global production landscape, including establishing this factory in the U.S. With 5G connectivity we’re accelerating Industry 4.0, enabling automated factories for the future.

The location of the new factory has yet to be announced. First, discussions with state and local authorities have to conclude. Still, the company is committed to getting the factory operational in early 2020.

Smart Factory: Nanjing Ericsson Panda factory IoT-devices

Smart Factory: An image from Nanjing located Ericsson Panda factory, where IoT-devices are produced.

The concept includes automated warehouses, connected logistics and automated assembly, packing and product handling, and the use of autonomous carts. The products created in the factory will enable a faster rollout of commercial 5G across the region. Ericsson plans to initially employ approximately 100 people at the facility, which will have highly automated operations, as well as a modular and flexible production setup to enable quick ramp up and rollout.

Author: Tim Cole
Image Credit: Ericsson

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