UK: Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division today announced plans to demonstrate a path to 5G with a connected sensor solution in partnership with Ericsson, a global leader in cellular communication offering dedicated wireless communication and IoT solutions for industries.
The joint demonstration will showcase the use of 5G-ready connectivity for the operation of Hexagon’s Absolute Arm portable measurement system scanning a truck part. The portable arm can be used to fully digitise the part for applications from quality assurance through comparison to CAD through to reverse engineering. Ericsson’s Industry Connect solution allows the arm to communicate wirelessly with the metrology software on a PC and will in future enable the seamless transfer of measured data to stakeholders around the factory, enabling data-driven decision making to optimise processes from design through to production. Visitors to Hannover Messe can see the 5G-ready connected sensor demonstration on both the Hexagon booth (hall 6, stand K10) and on the Ericsson booth (hall 8, stand D28).
“Hexagon aspires to be the leader in creating autonomous connected ecosystems for the industries we serve,” says Norbert Hanke, President of Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division. “To achieve this vision in manufacturing means overcoming the challenges of connectivity within the factory environment as well as throughout the global supply chain. Emerging connectivity solutions such as 5G will play a huge role in the digital transformation of manufacturing. Partnering with an industry leader like Ericsson is helping us understand how this technology can be best utilised to power the smart factories of tomorrow.”
Elsewhere on the Hexagon booth, demonstrations include a complete toolchain for additive manufacturing and a new cloud-based solution for factory resource management. Visitors will also be invited to imagine the future of manufacturing through an immersive augmented reality experience.
Hannover Messe 2019 runs 1-5 April at the Hannover Exhibition Grounds.