5G and the industrial digitalisation revolution

The introduction of 5G is set open up unprecedented possibilities for innovation and productivity in the manufacturing industry.

Innovative thinkers across the world are already using their creativity to harness the power of 5G to boost economic productivity, reduce pollution and congestion, and develop the next generation of entertainment.

Powering an agile connected digital infrastructure across manufacturing operations and beyond into the supply chain has become even more important as new data-intensive innovations continue to transform the industry.


A 5G industrial testbed – The Factory of the Future

Technology such as Artificial Intelligence, Analytics, Internet of Things, and 5G are capable of driving greater efficiencies on the factory floor by gathering more data, providing better insights, and delivering better quality products using less materials.

It’s the vital ingredient that will lead to solutions solving problems that are common to the manufacturing sector.

Charles Lupton, Business Development Leader Industrial Sector, has penned a blog, Unlocking the potential of industrial digitalisation with 5G, setting out the numerous advantages of a UK Government-backed investment into 5G testbed facilities.

A consortium drawing together IBM, BAE Systems, University of Sheffield AMRC North West, Digital Catapult, MTT, Miralis, and Three Networks aims to seek out new and more efficient ways of manufacturing via an open access 5G industrial testbed in a two-year project, the Factory of the Future programme.


Improving manufacturing performance in all areas

As well as developing integrated solutions to some of the key challenges to deploying 5G technologies in manufacturing, the Factory of the Future programme will leverage 5G to test use cases such as robotic assembly, reconfigurable product assembly lines, and distributed and shared VR/AR.

It will also focus on improving the performance of manufacturers by:

  • Exploring significant reductions in defects and waste through real time monitoring
  • Enhancing machine utilisation and energy saving through digital twin track and trace
  • Reducing travel and maintenance times brought about by shared hybrid reality spaces
  • Generating efficiencies and reducing costs through using 5G to track the location and monitoring the condition of goods in the supply chain through a chain of custody system

The end result will be multiple public case studies on solutions deployed within the testbed facility demonstrating tangible results, validating the effect of 5G combined with analytics and artificial intelligence to provide insights on data gathered from the factory floor.

Throughout the programme, updates on the milestones along the way will be provided to ensure the wider industry is kept informed of the very latest discoveries.


The essential component – a hybrid cloud platform

IBM will provide a hybrid cloud platform built using Red Hat OpenShift on the IBM public cloud, providing a solid foundation of open source innovation, security leadership, and enterprise-grade infrastructure.

The platform will provide the flexibility to access the very latest applications and services without vendor lock-in.

As well as flexibility, IBM aims to provide deep data insights through its advanced analytics software and the application of artificial intelligence hosted on IBM Power Systems.


Embracing the future

Data is now industry’s most valuable asset.

5G will ensure it can be gathered quickly and securely throughout the supply chain.

Once securely gathered, IBM’s data integration, advanced analytics, and artificial intelligence can be utilised to provide detailed insights on productivity and quality control.

This is where 5G and AI combine to gather more data at greater speeds, with better visualisation of patterns, defects, and anomalies.

Shouldn’t you and your clients be benefiting from this new industrial digitalisation revolution?

You can access the blog here.

Then explore how you and your clients can prepare to make the most of 5G, accelerate innovation, and optimise workloads through leveraging the unique capabilities of a next-generation hybrid multicloud platform.

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