Nestlé & Ericsson teamup for smart factories in Brazil

Food and drink manufacturer Nestlé, IT giant Ericsson & Embratel are strengthening 5G technology in Brazil with new smart factories & a private 5G network

Nestlé, Ericsson and telecommunications company Embratel are working together to advance 5G technology in Brazil with the Ericsson Private 5G solution which allows fast data processing.

The food and drink manufacturer Nestlé is using this 5G technology to move forwards with all that industry 4.0. has to offer. Embratel will build the private 5G network in a São Paulo factory, while IT service Ericsson will supply the manufacturing equipment. 


5G technology can lead to stronger smart factories 

In recent years, Nestlé has incorporated various new technologies into its factories, such as robotics, automation, AI and self-driving vehicles.

According to Ericsson, the options provided by 5G will be able to transform Nestlé’s smart factories even further by increasing productivity and efficiency as well as safety in the workplace.

Innovation opportunities across manufacturing with 5G and Industry 4.0

“Ericsson's 5G private network solution was designed to allow organisations to manage their networks and integrate with operator management systems,” explains Rodrigo Dienstmann, President for the Southern Cone of Latin America, Ericsson. “The solution ensures that critical business operations meet the most stringent security requirements. It also provides reliable and complete coverage throughout the site, both internally and externally, making it easy to manage while also allowing full control over devices connected to the network without any extra cost per gigabyte of data.”

“5G provides new opportunities for innovation, and is a crucial component of Industry 4.0, providing the right infrastructure, support, stability and latency,” said Jose Formoso, Embratel CEO. “5G enables the next level of digitisation through the construction of an autonomous factory and will greatly benefit Nestle's digital investments, increasing the operational efficiency of the manufacturing unit.”

“Nestle's national operation will be a reference in an unprecedented project in which it will be able to perceive the benefits of 5G for industry 4.0. With our partners, who have believed since the beginning in this pioneering project, we will provide greater optimisation to the operation, in order to achieve important productivity and efficiency indices for the industry,” said Marcelo Melchior, CEO of Nestle Brazil. “This is another step in the journey of innovation and digital transformation carried out by Nestle in the country, especially in our factory in Cacapava, known for developing new technologies that are later implemented in other industrial units of the company.”


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