The introduction of 5G is set to 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 BAE Systems, IBM, 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.
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, 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.
It’s a new industrial digitalisation revolution that you and your clients should be taking a lead in.