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ABB and Ericsson sign MoU to accelerate wireless automation for flexible factories

April 02, 2019
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ABB and Ericsson have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) at Hannover Messe 2019. The MoU will enable the two companies to strengthen their commitment to accelerate the industrial ecosystem for flexible wireless automation, which will enable enhanced connected services, industrial internet of things (IoT) and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies in the future.

The collaboration comes during the Industry 4.0 era and 5G connectivity which allow businesses to realise increased productivity, with the help of automation and digitalisation. It enhances their joint vision of flexible production with advanced automation and wireless communication.

The MoU confirms the partners’ agreement to continue their strong research collaboration, explore improvements in manufacturing processes and automation, and discover new business opportunities for the industrial ecosystem.

Commenting on the partnership, Börje Ekholm, president and chief executive officer (CEO), Ericsson said, “Ericsson and ABB already have a strong collaboration in research for 5G and Industrial IoT technologies. With this MoU, we strengthen our partnership to accelerate the industrial ecosystem and realise the full potential of flexible automation, unlocking new business opportunities enabled by combining 5G and Industry 4.0.”

Meanwhile, Ulrich Spiesshofer, CEO, ABB, said, “We are very excited to extend our partnership with Ericsson as the world moves closer to the era of 5G technology. ABB’s leadership in digital industries combined with Ericsson’s pioneering work in connectivity will open up new opportunities for customers to enhance productivity and competitiveness by digitalising their businesses.” 

The two companies are already fast-tracking the introduction of a new generation of intelligent factory technologies, with Ericsson deploying an intelligent automation system at its manufacturing facilities in Tallinn, Estonia. ABB has provided a fully automated flexible robotics cell solution that assembles 5G radios for Ericsson.

At the Hannover Messe 2019, ABB and Ericsson are exhibiting their latest and most innovative technologies and showcasing how they are enabling the ‘factory of the future’ with the latest flexible robotics, wireless technologies, 5G, Industrial IoT and motion control technology.

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