Orange Business Services, Ericsson and ArcelorMittal France jointly developed this project, including the design of industrial use cases adapted to the challenges and business needs of ArcelorMittal. The project is based on Ericsson’s technological leadership in private 4G / 5G cellular networks adapted to advanced industrial use cases and high-risk sites and on the integration and support expertise of Orange Business Services .
This deployment will meet the performance needs of industrial networks and connected workers and operations in a production environment on complex industrial sites. The benefits include improved energy efficiency and worker safety.
The 5G private network provides:
- Extended 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.
- High speed: to meet the high performance requirements of modeled processes, connected objects, production data, etc.
- Low latency: to support the deployment of autonomous vehicles and remote-controlled machines as well as security in high-risk areas.
- Network breakdown: to adapt services to each process and business needs.
- Data security: to protect sensitive industrial data on site.
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.
Targeted on different business operations (production, maintenance, logistics, etc.), these industrial use cases include better 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.
David Glijer, Director of Digital Transformation of ArcelorMittal France, said: “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. “
Valérie Cussac, Executive Vice President, Smart Mobility Services, Orange Business Services, said: “We are delighted to support ArcelorMittal in its digital transformation project. As part of 5G Steel, we worked with a use case approach. The project is co-piloted with ArcelorMittal using an agile method based on the collective intelligence of technical and functional experts.In addition, thanks to our dual expertise as operator-integrator, ArcelorMittal will benefit from this solid private network, allowing maximum and secure critical data and improved productivity. “
Franck Bouétard, Director of Ericsson, France, said: “With 5G Steel, Ericsson is pleased to support ArcelorMittal in testing new industrial use cases based on 4G / 5G cellular technologies. Ericsson once again demonstrates its expertise and technological leadership with private networks in a complex industrial environment.
5G Steel, a network that enables new industrial use cases
With 5G Steel, ArcelorMittal will develop key industrial projects. Two examples:
- Remote maintenance: equipped with tablets, maintenance teams can take charge of operations and access the necessary documentation. Once the maintenance operation has been carried out, they validate it and record it directly in the company’s information systems. With augmented reality, teams can also access documents, images or call on an expert remotely and live.
- Autonomous vehicles: rail transport is essential at the large ArcelorMittal sites. The Dunkirk site, for example, has 44 kilometers of track to transport products between the different stages of manufacture. With EasyMile, ArcelorMittal will launch the first autonomous train on an internal private network, which will come into service in 2023. ArcelorMittal is also working on a heavy-duty road vehicle capable of transporting up to 120 tonnes of steel coils.