David Glijer, Director of Digital Transformation of Arcelor Mittal France, commented: “ArcelorMittal is resolutely committed to its digital transformation and is positioned as a leader in the digitization of the steel industry. In production, maintenance, logistics and development, digital technologies have already started to transform our processes, make our operations more reliable and improve the comfort and safety of our teams. The opening of our two Digital Labs in Dunkirk and soon in Florange is a new illustration of ArcelorMittal’s desire to create an ecosystem at the crossroads of industry and digital technology, ”said David Glijer, Director of Digital Transformation at Arcelor Mittal France.The three partners jointly developed this project, including the design of industrial use cases adapted to the challenges and business needs of ArcelorMittal. The project builds on Ericsson’s technological leadership in private 4G and 5G cellular networks adapted to advanced industrial use cases and high-risk sites and on the integration and support expertise of Orange Business Services.
“With 5G Steel, Ericsson is pleased to support ArcelorMittal in testing new industrial use cases based on 4G / 5G cellular technologies. Ericsson is once again demonstrating its expertise and technological leadership with private networks in a complex industrial environment, ”said Franck Bouétard, Head of Ericsson, France.
Performance of industrial networks
The deployment will meet the performance needs of industrial networks and connected workers and operations in a production environment at complex industrial sites. The benefits include improved energy efficiency and worker safety. Indeed, the private 5G network will offer extensive coverage: to cover all of ArcelorMittal’s complex industrial sites, both outdoors and indoors. Workers and machine operators can roam freely with reliable connectivity anywhere on site. It will have a high throughput: to meet the high performance requirements of modeled processes, connected objects, production data, etc.
Low latency is another important feature of the new 5G private network to support the deployment of autonomous vehicles and remote-controlled machines as well as security in high-risk areas. The division of the network will make it possible to adapt the services to each process and business needs. Finally, network data security: to protect sensitive industrial data on site.
Autonomous road and rail vehicles
5G Steel will enable ArcelorMittal factories, starting with Dunkirk, then Mardyck in Hauts-de-France and Florange in the Grand Est region, to deploy use cases requiring high-speed cellular connectivity. These will be targeted on different business operations, including production, maintenance and logistics, allowing greater flexibility and mobility of workers in different situations. In addition, autonomous rail vehicles in Dunkirk and Florange, autonomous road vehicles, remote maintenance with field experience feedback, virtual or augmented reality and safety devices are also relevant use cases.
The objective is also to enable the digital transformation of the ecosystem of the French value chain for industrial use cases. From the start, 5G Steel will cover the Grand Port Maritime de Dunkirk and the Digital Labs of ArcelorMittal in Dunkirk and Florange, and tests are underway to extend the network to the Hauts-de-France and Grand Est regions.