Flex Empowers 5G SA Private Wireless, Industry 4.0 Advanced Manufacturing

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Flex Brazil plans to deploy Nokia 5G Standalone (SA) Private Wireless Networks in its manufacturing facilities in Brazil.

With more than 100 locations worldwide, Flex is a multinational electronics company providing technologies that play a key role in manufacturing and the supply chain. As a leader in Industry 4.0, the company already serves its various global customers with technologies such as advanced simulation, automation and robotics, analytics, Internet of Things and additive manufacturing (3D printing).

Flex’s goal is to explore 5G technology for wireless reconfigurable production systems that can adapt as needed and support multiple applications with massive wireless data transfers. 5G SA’s private wireless offering, powered by Nokia Digital Automation Cloud (Nokia DAC), will have the primary mission of improving critical communications for Flex manufacturing operations.

Initial use cases for the 5G private wireless networks (standalone, SA) will focus on increasing wireless applications and exploring the potential of 5G for reliable connectivity, massive transmission of operational data, and greater layout flexibility in manufacturing. In addition to delivering productivity gains, the collaboration also aims to position Flex as a beacon for other companies interested in following this path.

Nokia DAC will provide the on-demand private wireless service as well as MX industrial edge computing and digital-enabling applications. Offered as a service, Nokia DAC combines industrial-grade plug-and-play 4.9G/LTE and 5G network connectivity with on-premises edge computing to provide data management and processing to power real-time applications for smart manufacturing, predictive maintenance, remote -Operations and many other uses.

Nokia Network Digital Twin technology will create a digital replica of the private 5G network and its connected devices. This should allow Flex to monitor network operations in real time and predict maintenance needs and potential downtime in advance, reducing production disruptions and making its factories more efficient and productive in the future.

Technologies from Nokia Bell Labs, focused on novel network applications, are being piloted at Flex to enable new, future-oriented use cases of deterministic networks for reconfigurable production lines, for example to predict maintenance needs and potential network downtime in advance.

Marcelo Marcomini, Industry 4.0 Executive at Flex Brazil, said: “We welcome the collaboration with Nokia to accompany us on this journey to expand the scope of our solutions by integrating Nokia’s 5G private wireless expertise to increase the efficiency of our improve current operations and prepare for the future of manufacturing at the same time.”

Marcelo Entreconti, Nokia’s Head of Enterprise for Latin America, added: “The partnership will leverage our strength in advanced networks and mission-critical communications with Flex’s expertise in manufacturing and supply chain innovation. Together we will explore the possibilities of Industry 4.0 to transform the way we manufacture and distribute goods in this new digital world.”

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