Ericsson Helps Grundfos Pursue Industry 4.0 with 5G Dedicated Network

Ericsson and TDC NET, will deploy 5G technology at one of Grundfos’ plants in Bjerringbro, Denmark as a proof of concept. The deployment will replace wired connections with a dedicated wireless network and will allow Grundfos to be an Industry 4.0 pioneer.

Smart wireless connectivity benefits for Grundfos will include automation productivity, scalability increases and efficiency gains in its pump and water solutions business. These benefits will result from latency improvements and automation capabilities of applications such as automated guided vehicles (AGV) over 5G.

The partnership is centered on an Innovation Hub, which combines TDC NET’s mobile network and Ericsson’s technology. The joint Innovation Hub with TDC aims to broaden the ecosystem of partnerships among Danish industries, businesses and research to lead innovation, pilot and implement projects and establish new collaborations.

Ericsson was announced as a 5G Radio Access Network (RAN) and dual-mode 5G Core (5GC) partner to TDC in March 2019.

Fredrik Östbye, Group Vice President and Head of Future Lab, Grundfos, stated that innovation is an integrated part of Grundfos. They never stop challenging themselves. This goes for developing and refining their pumps and solutions as well as their services. The same applies to the ways they work. They are always ready to explore ways to improve what they do. By introducing a 5G network in one of their plants, they set out to investigate new opportunities in industrial production.

Ericsson is leading the way in 5G in Europe. Through the joint Innovation Hub with TDC, they plan to bring their global expertise to Danish industry. They are looking forward to begin the journey to transform Grundfos' production facilities into truly smart wireless factories and support their digitalization strategy.