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A MAGAZINE FROM THE ATLAS COPCO GROUP
A MAGAZINE OF THE ATLAS COPCO GROUP
At your service
Service Specialist Tomasz Bugaj knows how to keep business and society...
A rental state of mind
Our flexible solutions will get the job done in all conditions.
Chipping in for safety
Find out why this South Korean education center shifted to on-site nitrogen supply.
Clearly superior
Choosing the most efficient vacuum solutions will make all the difference.
Clean water changes lives
Our Water for All initiative supports communities with limited access....
Editorial
A word from President and CEO Mats Rahmström.
Enabling the shift
Industrial assembly solutions are at the heart of the electric car revolution.
"Ergonomics is key"
Ava Mazaheri discusses force exposures and great product design.
Experts in the field
Local dealers and service suppliers ensure that all customers gets on-site support.
Gateway to growth
A visit to China, the world's second-largest economy.
"Joint development is the best way forward"
Atlas Copco is part of an ecosystem set up to push scientific boundaries.
Keeping it dry
A 10-year development process resulted in an innovation that changes everything.
Making a difference
Modern society depends on industrial ideas that take shape with out tools.
Making the connection
Logistics Manager Katey Kim supports the world’s semiconductor manufacturers.
No waste, low emissions
What if industrial machines adapted the energy use to the production need?
Perfect vision
Fully autonomous production is no longer an illusion.
Powered up and ready to work
Did you know that even Jimi Hendrix's performance relied on vacuum?
Purpose-built performer
A purpose-built innovation for the booming liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry.
Recipe for success
Explore some of the key ingredients needed to remain a technology leader.
Setting the tone
Did you know that even Jimi Hendrix's performance relied on vacuum?
Smarter manufacturing
Imagine a smart factory where machines transfer data without delay.
Smart Team + Smartphone = Smart Product
Meet the innovators behind the DZS VSD+ dry claw vacuum pump.
Smart tools for modern life
Industrial tools transform the world.
Star of the screen
Chances are that an iXL900R dry vacuum pump made your screen.
Success is on the cards
A data-driven service solution that gives real-time feedback.
Tapping into the green energy market
Market Manager Rasmus Rubycz is ready to grasp new opportunities.
The power of zero
The Z3+ light tower is a zero-emission, zero-noise innovation.
The start of something big
Our first-ever battery-powered drill stands out.
Tight for takeoff
Assembling airplanes, the smart way
Turning apples into applesauce
Compressed air is needed everywhere, even when making baby food.
When train beats the plane
When rail balances costs, speed and sustainability better the air and sea.
SMARTER manufacturing
Imagine a factory where smart machines operate autonomously and transfer data without any delay. With 5G mobile networks, this will soon be a reality.
With ultra-high speed and reliability, fifth generation (5G) mobile networks will revolutionize industrial manufacturing. The dramatic increase in capacity is a prerequisite for data-consuming technologies like the Internet of Things, intelligent automation, real-time monitoring and machine learning. The network technology is there. The challenge is to optimize it for industrial settings.
Since 2019, the Atlas Copco Airpower factory in Belgium is testing a private 5G network with indoor antennas connecting the shop floor. The goal is to investigate how to best implement 5G and create intelligent manufacturing flows where production data is transferred without delay.
“We are testing how to best connect machines wirelessly and monitor quality and energy consumption in real time, and how to use Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) on the shop floor for increased precision and safety,” says Wouter Ceulemans, President of Atlas Copco’s Airtec division that designs and manufactures advanced compressor parts.
“The really exciting learnings will come from the ultra-low latency. 4G is not fast enough to make real-time control possible. With 5G, the delay drops to a minimum, making truly smart manufacturing a reality,” Wouter explains.
“The insights we gain from this test network will naturally benefit our own production flows worldwide, but also help us support our customers. When they get ready to make this big technology leap they will need a partner who understands their challenges, and designs its products accordingly,” says Wouter.
Meanwhile, Atlas Copco Industrial Technique has also installed a private 5G network in its integration lab in Stockholm, Sweden. The network is used to develop 5G ready industrial tool solutions for customers worldwide. This is one of the first 5G implementations for industrial purposes in the world and helps put this kind of network solution to the test.
”Today more than 90% of our industrial tools are connected to our customers’ systems, most of them through fixed couplings. We also provide many wireless systems based on Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. By installing this 5G network we can design, develop and test new products equipped with integrated 5G modules, and thereby support our customers on their journey toward fully connected manufacturing processes,” says Lars Eklöf, President of the Motor Vehicle Industry division.
We are testing how to best connect machines wirelessly and monitor quality and energy consumption in real time, and how to use Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) on the shop floor for increased precision and safety”
Wouter Ceulemans President, Atlas Copco’s Airtec division
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