Testing private 5G networks with SME manufacturers

The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly disrupted the manufacturing sector. New Industry 4.0 technologies – driven by 5G – have the potential to power recovery by transforming manufacturing resilience and productivity. 5G enables productivity improvements by connecting sensors on machines and other assets securely and in real-time to data platforms and applications to optimise processes and equipment.

AE Aerospace, a leading manufacturing business in the West Midlands is the first UK SME to deploy a 5G private network working together with WM5G, Worcestershire 5G (W5G) and technology partner BT. AE Aerospace operates a high precision engineering facility and has an ambitious growth strategy. They are undertaking three 5G-enabled use cases that have the potential to transform manufacturing productivity.

They believe that the 5G-enabled trials will both improve productivity and provide existing customers with a higher quality of service, alongside creating new business models and new revenue opportunities.

In the video below, Peter Bruch from SME aeronautical component manufacturer AE Aerospace, Mayor of the West Midlands Andy Street, Sarah Walker from network provider BT and Chair of the WM5G Board, Mark Stansfeld discuss how 5G technology can aid the recovery and future prosperity of the region’s £32 billion GVA manufacturing sector.

Find out more about AE Aerospace’s cutting-edge utilisation of 5G and the trial that it is undertaking.

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Increasing speed and efficiency

AE Aerospace’s Managing Director and Co-Owner, Peter Bruch, discussed the implementation of the country’s first 5G private network for an SME with industry publication The Manufacturer.

In the piece Peter discusses his hopes for the 5G trial, outlining the the extra abilities AE Aerospace will gain thanks to the deployment of their private network, including:

  • Maximising machine time
  • Providing more accurate assurance that parts have been machined to specification with increased speed and efficiency
  • Eliminating the need to re-work or replace damaged components impaired in transit

These were elements that AE Aerospace were already looking to explore, but – as Peter explains – having access to 5G technology and the expertise through the trial programme will greatly accelerate their vision for the future.

Read the full article in The Manufacturer here >

What do AE Aerospace think of the 5G Project

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