Konecranes’ Finnish factory will trial standalone 5G (5G SA) in operations, R&D and crane testing.
The Finnish crane manufacturer, Konecranes, has turned to Edzcom and Nokia to build a standalone private 5G network in its smart factory at Hyvinkää.
Digital cloud automation
The wireless and application platform will be based on the Nokia Digital Automation Cloud (DAC). It comprises network and user equipment, a cloud-based operation monitoring system and industrial connectors to ease connections between standard and industry-specific protocols
DAC also has a catalogue of applications designed to easily integrate ruggedised routers, handhelds and other wireless devices.
Edzcom is experienced in designing, building, and operating private wireless network solutions and is supporting Konecranes on its journey deploying 5G.
It specialises in edge connectivity solutions, and understands what is required of private networks when the aim is to accelerate automation and the network is business critical.
Konecranes will use the network to research and develop digitalised factory and port solutions that leverage 5G’s high bandwidth and low latency to improve productivity, efficiency and enhanced safety.
The crane maker gave the example of deploying high-resolution wireless cameras to improve the safety of load handling, site security and operational integrity.
Stephan Litjens, Vice President Enterprise Solutions, Nokia Cloud and Network Services, said, “Konecranes has been at the forefront of private wireless, introducing private LTE with Nokia and Edzcom four years ago to develop innovative solutions for its lifting businesses.
“By now deploying 5G to explore and develop its potential in factories and ports, Konecranes underscores its pioneering position in leveraging digitalization to enhance productivity and safety.”
Mikko Uusitalo, Managing Director, Edzcom, added, “This project is a great showcase for smooth evolution to 5G private networking, with tight cooperation between Konecranes, Edzcom and Nokia.
“5G will enable Konecranes to ensure greater capacity and high performance for its most ambitious digitalisation strategies. We are excited to see how Konecranes will continue to innovate, and employ edge connectivity to boost operational efficiency and new solution development.”