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Nokia and ABI Research identify key trends in manufacturing investment to enable Industry 4.0

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Nokia has partnered with ABI Research, an independent research firm, to survey more than 600 manufacturing decision-makers to assess investment strategies related to 4G/LTE, 5G and Industry 4.0.1

The survey found that 74% of respondents are looking to upgrade their communications and control networks by the end of 2022 with more than 90% investigating the use of either 4G and/or 5G in their operations. Just over half of respondents (52%) believe that the latest generation of 4G/LTE and 5G will be necessary to meet their transformational goals.

The research also identified key business use cases that would drive investment in 4G or 5G. Respondents reflected the need to digitalize and improve existing infrastructure (63%), automation with robotics (51%) and achieve new levels of employee productivity (42%).

Manish Gulyani, Vice President Marketing, Nokia Enterprise said: “We have reached an inflection point in Industry 4.0 transformation as the fast, secure, low latency connectivity underpinning its implementation now becomes available. This research indicates the strong marketplace appetite for industrial-grade wireless networking to capture the transformational benefits of digitalization and automation. We believe that demand, combined with easy-to-deploy private wireless solutions, will drive adoption.”

The research examined near-term drivers influencing buying decisions for new industrial systems across IT (information technology) and OT (operations technology). IT drivers primarily focus on reducing downtime (53%), improving operations efficiency (42%), and enhancing security (36%). In comparison, OT drivers reflect a desire to replace aging infrastructure (43%), improve efficiency (40%) and increase capacity (38%).

Further highlights indicate:

  • 88% of respondents stated that they were familiar with private wireless (4G/5G) networking
  • 84% that are considering 4G/5G will deploy their own local private wireless network in their manufacturing operations
  • leading priority buying areas are automation and machine upgrades (47%), IIoT initiatives (41%), with cloud infrastructure following at (37%).

Ryan Martin, Principal Analyst, ABI Research said: “Importantly, research findings indicate a preference for deploying private fully-owned and operated​ wireless networks, with manufacturers favoring in-house management to allay security concerns​. It’s evident that respondents are not entirely committed to Wi-Fi/WLAN and will consider latest generations of wireless technologies. As a result, 2020 is a critical year for networking suppliers to educate the market regarding the merits of 4G/LTE and 5G.

“Based on this research we also observe a pan-industry need to quantify not only the potential ROI of investing in private wireless, but also to clearly indicate the cost of inaction – vendors need to make the case for investing in Industry 4.0 today to gain a clear competitive advantage over those who choose to wait.”

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LogiPoint reinforcing Jeddah as the Regional Logistics Hub of choice

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LogiPoint at Jeddah Islamic Port established the first bonded corridor connecting the Bonded and Re-Export Zone at Jeddah Islamic Port and King Abdulaziz International Airport to facilitate the multimodal movement of cargo. 

The trial conducted on a shipment that arrived by sea freight to LogiPoint Bonded and Re-Export Zone at Jeddah Islamic Port then shipped onward to its final destination in the Netherlands by airfreight through King Abdulaziz International airport. 

With the support of the Saudi Customs and Jeddah Islamic Port and in line with vision 2030 and the National Industrial Development and Logistics Program (NDLIP), the success of this shipment increases the competitiveness of the region. It creates an efficient and cost-effective sea-air and air-sea link to establish Jeddah as a preferred multimodal transshipment hub.

LogiPoint CEO Farooq Shaikh said, “The bonded corridor facilitates trade for customers by providing a multimodal bonded access to regional target markets combining sea, land and air freight. It also gives Jeddah a significant advantage to compete in the transshipment cargo segment”

LogiPoint is always making dynamic efforts to introduce international concepts and solutions towards enhancing logistics efficiency to attract foreign investors. Its strategic location and the world-class facilities have which strengthen the position of Jeddah Islamic Port a major logistics hub.

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5000 tons of wheat donated by India arrives through Chabahar Port

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Negar Ship carrying 203 20-foot Containers as the first part of the 75000 tons shipment of humanitarian aids and the tenth shipment of wheat from India to Afghanistan arrived at the Port of Shahid Beheshti in Chabahar.

This freight is 5000 tons of wheat which has been donated to Afghanistan by India. The unloading process is running quickly in order to be transited to Afghanistan through Milak Border.

Abdolghafour Lival, Afghanistan Ambassador in Iran, visited Shahid Beheshti Port simultaneous with his attendance to observe the unloading process and stated that this is the first 5000-tons freight of wheat as part of 75000 tons wheat shipment which is to be transited to Afghanistan through Chabahar Port.

Abdolghafour Lival appreciated cooperation of two friendly nations in transiting wheat in current critical situations which the region and the world are suffering from the outbreak of Covid-19. He expressed hope over fast transit of this freight to Afghanistan.

He also appreciated Iran’s officials especially Iran’s Ports and Maritime Organization (PMO) as well as Chabahar Port’s authorities who are speeding up the loading and unloading process.

Behrooz Aghaie, the head of Sistan and Baluchistan’s PMO pointed to the high capacity of Chabahar Port that operates with the most modern and up-to-date loading and unloading equipments and plays a significant role in the transport and unloading of freight.

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ABB and Metsä Fibre sign agreement to supply electrification and drive technology for new Finnish bioproduct mill

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ABB and Metsä Fibre, part of Metsä Group, have signed a preliminary, binding agreement according to which ABB Finland will deliver electrification and drive technology solutions for Metsä Fibre’s planned bioproduct mill in Kemi, northern Finland.

The agreement is subject to Metsä Group’s final investment decision, which will be made earliest in autumn 2020. The order is worth approximately EUR 40 million. Production at the new mill could start in 2023. The production capacity is 1.5 million tonnes of pulp per year, as well as many other bioproducts.

“We are extremely pleased that our expertise and products will be part of this planned investment, which if realized will be the largest ever investment in the forest industry in Finland. Our deliveries for the project would contribute to ensuring the high availability of the mill as well as reliable and efficient production and efficient use of energy. ABB Finland has more than 30 years of experience in demanding pulp and paper industry electrification and overall delivery projects, both in Finland and globally,” said ABB Finland’s Managing Director Pekka Tiitinen.

“ABB represents the values we require from our partners: a commitment to safety, on time delivery and quality delivery. A high degree of domestic content is also essential. We are moving towards the common goal of building a fossil-free bioproduct mill in Kemi, which is the most efficient wood processing plant in its field. We have all the prerequisites to implement a successful major project together with a competent partner,” said Ismo Nousiainen, CEO of Metsä Fibre.

According to the preliminary agreement, over 1,000 electric motors for the planned Kemi bioproduct mill will be manufactured in Finland at ABB’s factories in Vaasa and Helsinki. The mill’s protective relays and safety switches would be supplied by ABB’s factories in Vaasa, and over 600 drives would be supplied by the world’s largest drive factory in Pitäjänmäki, Helsinki. Furthermore, ABB Power Grids Finland is responsible for the transformer deliveries for the Kemi project. The main transformers for the mill would be manufactured at the ABB Power Grids transformer factory in Vaasa.

The planned mill would make comprehensive use of ABB’s newest and extremely reliable energy-efficient electrification and operations technology. The electric motors for the mill would be controlled by ABB’s latest intelligent motor control system. To save energy, ABB’s new range of drives would control half of the mill’s electric motor power. The mill is planned to use ABB’s latest generation of high-efficiency motors as standard. The mill’s electrical system and drive technology would be integrated into ABB’s Ability™ condition monitoring and remote support system.

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