5G and the new Ericsson Smart Factory

5G and the new Ericsson Smart Factory
September 25, 2019 8 Comments Uncategorized Jack Stephens

What is an Ericsson Smart Factory?

Ericsson’s newest factory is opening in Lewisville, Texas to manufacture many necessary components for 5G telecommunications networks. This will be their first “smart” factory. But what does that mean? Well, it does NOT mean that there will be no humans working in the plant. The Ericsson smart factory, covering about 300,000 square feet, will employ about 100 people when it opens in 2020 and will add an additional 300 or so jobs in the next few years.

Automated factories are nothing new. All major auto makers have used robot technology for years. But smart factories are robotic factories on steroids. Integrated and interconnected programming using machine learning will seamlessly govern the computer driven machines that will handle fabrication, assembly, transport and warehousing of the units produced there.

from Connectivity4ir.co.uk

5G Smart

The main products will be components such as the antenna radio boxes that will make 5G transmission possible as it spreads across the country. But the interconnected systems within the factory will also be using the same 5G to make the processes faster, more efficient and more reliable. Autonomous carts will move the completed units to the warehouse facility. So from start to finish, more of the production will be handled by blazingly fast, super efficient machinery.

Just the Beginning

Ericsson already has a factory in Nanjing, China that is also producing 5G devices and components, so they are not newcomers to the systems, programming and hardware needed to get this newest factory going. The Ericsson smart factory in Lewisville is the first of Ericsson’s smart factories, but it won’t be the last. The company plans to upgrade all their production facilities to smart factories in the coming years. In an article for the Dallas Daily News, reporter Melissa Repko states that, “All those [5g] devices … and the internet of things – is what people call it – are connected to this new network, and that’s the potential of 5G”.

A Boon to Business


According to SDXCentral, “The new factory follows a multi-year effort by Ericsson to increase manufacturing in the United States, including the opening of a 5G ASIC design center in Austin, Texas; a collaborative IoT center and an artificial intelligence innovation hub in Santa Clara, California; a training facility in Lewisville for tower climbers; and a new radio network software research and development center in Austin.”

And the president of Ericsson North America said that the 100 million dollar Lewisville smart factory will lead to “increased investments in smaller, nearshore manufacturing sites with unique mass customization capabilities and significant positive impact on sustainability and customer experience.” I couldn’t have said it any better.

Harbinger of Things to Come

So as you can see, the overall effect of even one such smart factory has an impressive and positive “ripple effect” for the economy and for business development in many more places than just Lewisville, Texas. This is also a clear example of how new technology will spread faster than earlier projections. As of now, it is estimated that nearly half of all mobile connections will be in 5G by the year 2023. Get ready!

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  1. 1

    Rodarrick

    It has been long since I last heard anything about the Ericsson phones but seeing them coming back with a banger as this is really awesome and I really hope that this time around, they are here for the full stay. The economic effects of this is really great to know of and it is a plus since the world is relying mostly on technologies for its functioning these days. Thanks for sharing this information. Thumbs uo

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      Jack

      Please note that the post is not exclusively talking about cell phones produced by Ericsson. They have much more to offer in terms of products and services such as cloud services, network services, IoT products, etc. The new plant will be producing the radio telecommunications transmission antenna boxes for 5G. As your comment indicates, this new technology will change many areas of our lives, not just phones.

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    Chris

    Your post about the 5G network and the new Ericsson smart factory has actually enlightened me. I had an impression of robots running 100% of everything in a smart factory but you have explained it that it basically means that more of the factory’s production processes will be performed by blazingly fast, super efficient machinery from starting point to finishing line. 

    I was surprised about your concluding information that it is estimated that nearly half of all mobile connections will be in 5G by the year 2023. My concern is this. Is this really feasible considering that loads of mobile connections are in developing countries of the world that are yet to get on the 4G networks?
    I am just thinking aloud. 

    Thanks for the fantastic technology update. I love it.

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      Jack

      Not only is it feasible, Chris, but it may even be a bit low. I believe the “other” half, the half that will not have 5g, includes every previous “G” (Generation) in the figure. This means that the non-5G remaining areas, those with only 1G, 2G and, even more, who only presently have 3G will constantly be progressing toward the next higher “G”. 4G LTE  is the most common in many countries. Some others lag behind. Eventually however the majority of the world will have availability to 5G in one way or another. The advances being discovered right now will no doubt speed its incorporation into almost every area where all the previous generations are now. This is not only cell phones, of course. All forms of wireless communications are included.

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    Jake

    Hi, it is amazing how fast technology is improving. 20 years ago I wouldn’t have imagined this type of thing. I grew up learning the computer using windows 95, and now It is like a have a mega computer just in my phone.

    Nice to see those good paying jobs being available for people. Big name companies are were it is at when  it comes to finding good work.  I think you are right that there will be ripple effect on the economy for sure, 

    Nearly half of all mobile connections will be with 5G. Does that mean that all the phone will basically get free internet from that? Thanks.

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      Jack

      Hi! Thanks for your question. As far as free internet goes, I think that will depend on what your carrier has to offer. To say it will be free to all on 5G might be a stretch. Business is business, and if a company can charge for a service, they probably will. Everyone needs to be paid, you know.

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    Igor

    Digitalization, automatization, simplification, efficiency, speed, precision..you can go on and on.

    The humans are building machines and machines are serving them. Automated factories are coming up and all kinds of programming is now already part of everyone’s life.

    There are many debates concluded about the positiveness and negativeness of such an “industrial revolution” and many people are asking if the robots and “high-tech” industrialization will actually exclude humans in many ways.

    However, the main thing remains: humans are controlling the machines, as long they don’t produce artificial intelligence that can control itself.

    Do they do that? I don’t know but I hope humans will keep control over it.

    Am I too skeptical, or too pragmatic?

    Best regards,
    Igor

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      Jack

      Hi, Igor. Yes, in my opinion, you tend to be too skeptical about these matters. I think the CG we see in science fiction movies and television cause us to fear advanced machinery. But if you tour an automated plant as I did recently, you will see that all this automation just makes industrial processes far easier, more accurate and faster than it was before. The advances in A.I. are never going to equal the workings of the human brain, so there can never, in my humble opinion, come a time when they will “take over” or anything like that. My advice is to ease up and stay grounded in reality. And enjoy the ways our technological discoveries make life better.

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