Empowering Manufacturing with Private LTE/5G – Manufacturing organizations worldwide are under growing strain as business & product life cycles shrink.
They are turning to technology for answers, expecting it to empower their organizations & help them overcome these challenges.
Margin pressures increase as components grow more diverse and complicated to manufacture, and workforces mature and become more costly to maintain.
The Private 5G and LTE solutions offer a way for these organizations to connect, manage and monitor their critical systems and processes. The whitepaper focuses on Empowering Manufacturing with Private LTE/5G and remote operations.
An Overview of the problem
Maintaining a steady and trustworthy information flow becomes difficult whenever new members are added to the network, and the others are withdrawn.
This is because each data source, whether traditional hardware or a SMART asset, has a unique communication demand for which it’s optimized.
When you add in the requirements for availability, data security, and dependability, obtaining data within the restrictions of industrial operations becomes complex.
The Manufacturing Use-cases
The different activities within manufacturing that turn raw material into completed items that are ready for transportation can be identified as:
a) Low-latency operations — These need high-speed data transmission and low latency. They include process monitoring and control activities, where any delay in data transmission results in a production line shutdown.
The Value Chain integration, for example, may demand low latency and high data throughput for real-time machine monitoring.
b) Low-power operations — Long-lasting batteries are required for these. Because they need to send data once or twice daily, they don’t require high data rates.
Activities in this category include tracking the location of people and equipment, monitoring environmental conditions, and asset management.
The Rise of Private LTE in the Manufacturing Industry
The manufacturing industry is one of the most critical industries in the world. It is responsible for producing goods and services that are essential to our everyday lives.
The industry has seen a lot of changes over the years, and one of the most significant recent trends has been the rise of private LTE/Wi-Fi networks.
Private LTE/Wi-Fi networks are becoming increasingly popular in the manufacturing industry because they offer many advantages over traditional public cellular networks.
Private LTE/Wi-Fi networks are typically more reliable and have higher speeds than public cellular networks.
They also provide better security and privacy protections, vital for companies that handle sensitive data.
Along with this, private LTE/Wi-Fi networks can be customized to meet the specific needs of a company, which is ideal for manufacturing companies that have unique requirements.
Moreover, HCLTech guides customers through digitally reinventing and future-proofing their businesses by proactively controlling their overall ecosystem and sub-ecosystems.
Proposed Architecture for Manufacturing Communication
Depending on the requirements and coverage necessary, LTE access points are deployed at various places across the facility.
These LTE access points connect to a local area network (LAN). A network management server manages multiple LTE access points.
A spectrum access system (SAS) is a computerized frequency coordinator that regulates spectrum sharing among three levels of CBRS access on-demand basis.
To provide ultra-low latency, edge hardware is employed. It maintains local data on-premises, but data necessary for analytics is transferred to the internet backbone through a backhaul connection.
Moreover, the ai and IoT data from the devices are processed, which reduces traffic on the network and lowers latency.
Suggested Implementation Strategy
We suggest starting with a private LTE installation at a site where IIoT-based data gathering is not currently accessible. The failure to gather data might be due to the following criteria:
- No network or established device ecosystem
- Run short pilots, evaluate the outcomes, and make commercial decisions based on the findings.
- Regulatory compliance is necessary, which is impossible to achieve due to the limitations of short-range communication networks.
Industry NeXT, by HCL Technologies transforms business by tapping into the ecosystem’s collective expertise and insights. The private LTE, 5G capabilities would enable the NeXT workforce and operational transformation for businesses.
- Cost Optimization: Due to LTE inheritance, private LTE enables a user network to be built, secured, and operated, lowering TCO and initial implementation costs.
- Operational simplicity: Ease of use is one of the significant benefits private LTE/NR can offer manufacturing users.
- Sustainability and future-proofing: Unlike proprietary RF technology used in manufacturing, private LTE adheres to the same 3GPP standards as other mobile carriers worldwide. As a result, industrial companies do not have to worry about crucial connecting technologies becoming unavailable.
- Private LTE is content and well-suited to industrial and business applications.
- In R18, which is expected for 2022, all 5G network functions will be accessible.
- IIoT-enabled solutions are often intended with several variables that put present company IT infrastructures to the test.
- Within the organization, LTE infrastructure may be built up for additional sites.
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