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In the manufacturing sector, the need to reconfigure machinery or fix faults can lead to the loss of valuable production time. Manufacturers are, therefore, looking for solutions that can help them anticipate adjustments and prepare accordingly, so that downtime is minimised.
The manufacturer in Batam City is using Telkomsel’s 5G network and its IoT Smart Manufacturing solution to collect real-time data from production lines, thereby giving it a continuous and comprehensive view of how the factory is performing. The connectivity is also used to support VR headsets that can be used to train staff in how to maintain and repair factory machinery.
The manufacturer’s managers no longer need to prepare weekly reports, while worker productivity has improved by about 17%, according to Telkomsel. The mobile operator estimates that smart manufacturing, enabled by 5G, can increase production output by 20%, machine utilisation by 20% and overall equipment effectiveness by 15%, while also reducing unplanned downtime by 30%.
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Telkomsel is using 5G to enable manufacturers to increase output by 20%
Highly reliable, low latency wireless connectivity can help manufacturers move faster, paving the way for major productivity improvements. In Indonesia, mobile operator Telkomsel has developed a 5G-based solution that enables manufacturers to monitor and control their operations, while also harnessing advanced technologies, such as automated guided vehicles, remote assistance, augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR).
In June 2021, Telkomsel deployed its new IoT Smart Manufacturing solution
with a leading multinational manufacturing company in Batam City.
The manufacturer has used the solution to equip staff with VR headsets that can help them fix faulty machinery, and to enable real-time reporting on plant operations. As a result, managers no longer need to prepare weekly reports, while worker productivity has improved by about 17%, according to Telkomsel.
“This collaboration is the first use of industrial 5G technology services in
Indonesia,” says Alfian Manullang, Vice President Telkomsel Internet of Things
(IoT). “Telkomsel IoT smart manufacturing will support a sustainable
manufacturing industry by improving efficiency, productivity, and security at
each operational level through accurate data analysis. By transforming to IoT
smart manufacturing, production output will increase 20%, machine utilisation
will increase 20%, overall equipment effectiveness will also increase 15%, as
well as reducing unplanned downtime by 30%.”
Telkomsel’s IoT Smart Manufacturing solution is designed to enable the customer’s end-to-end supply chain to become more integrated, while enhancing production control and monitoring, execution and traceability, warehouse management and energy management. It can be used to connect processes, peoples and machines to improve efficiency, increase automation and optimisation.
for example, the 5G-based solution can enable factory layouts to quickly be reconfigured for new products, while providing visibility across all operations to allow real-time decision-making, detect faults, and support safety monitoring. Telkomsel says that, on average, manufacturers anticipate the solution can deliver costs savings of about 38%.
embedded with Telkomsel’s 5G enterprise network, the IoT Smart Manufacturing solution could also help manufacturers to enhance existing or new businesses by adding data from multiple sources (such as sensors and tools), access data that can minimise errors and improve the quality of decision-making.
At the same time, the reliable and responsive 5G connectivity can be used for the remote control of machines operating in hazardous environments.
Vice President Telkomsel Internet of Things (IoT)
Telkomsel describes 5G as a “game-changer for manufacturers”, noting that the consulting firm STL Partners has estimated the benefits of 5G to the global manufacturing industry could be worth uS$740 billion by 2030.
As well as providing highly
reliable and secure telco-grade
connectivity, 5G can also deliver
the high throughput and density
that manufacturers need,
according to Telkomsel. “for
the past four years, Telkomsel has invested significantly in building out our 5G know-how, talent development, and setting up a comprehensive set plan to bring 5G to Indonesia,” says Alfian Manullang. “with 5G, we can transfer a big amount of data in real-time. 5G will facilitate advanced technology, artificial intelligence, automation and industrial IoT. 5G is expected to be one of the mainstream technologies of the future, with alternate technologies playing complementary and selective roles.”
The deployment in Batam City is the first stage in the development of Telkomsel’s 5G portfolio for manufacturers. It is working closely with the government, partners and associations to further build out Indonesia’s digital infrastructure and support the implementation of Industry 4.0 concepts, such as greater automation, customisation and responsive- ness. It underlines “our commitment to present Telkomsel 5G service ecosystem by building partnerships with stakeholders, especially industry players,” adds Alfian Manullang.
Telkomsel advises mobile operators to forge partnerships with app developers and vendors to identify 5G use cases that fit specific industry opportunities “because each vertical is different with unique connectivity, latency and reliability requirements – not to mention legislative sensitivities.”
In december 2021, Telkomsel and the Ministry of Industry (kemenperin) of the Republic of Indonesia signed a memorandum of understanding and launched Indonesian digital Industry Center 4.0 (PIdI 4.0). Telkomsel has also established a 5G experience Centre to support the government’s Making Indonesia 4.0 roadmap.
In addition, to its IoT Smart Manufacturing solution, Telkomsel offers end-to-end fleet management solutions to provide real-time visibility over supply chain and logistics, as well as a smart connectivity solution.
“we support Indonesia to be at
the forefront of technology, facing
the Industry 4.0 competition,”
says Alfian Manullang. “To be the
first mover, we give a strong and
clear signal to our ecosystem
Vice President Telkomsel Internet of Things (IoT)
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