Private networks: A practical industry guide for manufacturing

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We outline key steps that manufacturers must take to drive holistic network transformation. We also highlight the benefits of using private networks, particularly 5G, to drive operational efficiency and enable new use cases.


Format: PDF filePages: 19 pagesAuthor: Patrick Montague-Jones, Ani KeshishyanPublication Date: May 2022

Table of Contents

  • Executive Summary
  • Introduction
    • Manufacturing industry state of play
  • Evaluation approaches
    • 6 key steps in evaluating onsite connectivity options
    • Step 1: Gather strategic requirements
    • Step 2: Understand application performance targets
    • Step 3: Evaluate connectivity options
    • Step 4: Identify spectrum options
    • Step 5: Assess ecosystem and 5G enabled endpoint availability
    • Step 6: Evaluate vendors and deployment models
  • Conclusion

Table of Figures

  • Figure 1: Increasingly complex manufacturing operations require investment to support use cases
  • Figure 2: Key considerations for Industry 4.0 and digital transformation
  • Figure 3: Three main approaches for network and application transformation
  • Figure 4: Manufacturers should adopt a multi-stage process to evaluate connectivity needs and relevant solutions
  • Figure 5: Multiple stakeholders have input into decision-making for onsite connectivity
  • Figure 6: Existing vs. new use cases in manufacturing
  • Figure 7: Manufacturing use cases by potential location of critical application processing
  • Figure 8: Wi-Fi 6 vs. Private 5G/LTE vs. Wired
  • Figure 9: Which of the following technologies and services is your organization currently using to support production processes?
  • Figure 10: Private 5G network components
  • Figure 11: Routes to accessing spectrum
  • Figure 12: Deployment models for private 5G


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