5G Trials in Manufacturing

Published on: October 9, 2020

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5G networks proffer solutions to manufacturers and telecom operators, offering them a chance to build smart factories and take advantage of technologies such as artificial intelligence, automation, the Internet of Things (IoT) and augmented reality for troubleshooting.  5G will help operators to create new revenue streams.

It is beyond doubt that manufacturing companies of the world are under extreme pressure, accrued from the intense volatility brought about by shorter business and product life cycles of the era. The 5G network is sprouting out of much needed gains in efficiency and profitability, with the new innovative processes it brings. This has been adequately validated by trials conducted by a good number of industries: Orange, Schneider electric and Nokia.

Analysis Of Use Cases

  • As observed in the first case tested, 5G was connected to the tablets by the teams using the Schneider Electric augmented reality application called EcoStruxure Augmented Operator Advisor (AOA). This is a custom application that enhances operational efficiency with augmented reality, which enables operators to superjacent real-time data and virtual objects onto a cabinet, entire plant or machine. The objective with 5G is to test future functionality with minimum dormancy and maximum productivity.
  • During the second use case tested by Orange and Schneider electric has to do with using 5G to eventually arrange remote visits to the Le Vaudreuil site with the aid of an AXYN mobile telepresence robot.
  • The application of 5G makes it possible for a very high-quality video to be used with minimal time consumption in the virtual interchange between the Schneider Electric guide that accompanies the robot all through the Le Vaudreuil site and the visitor. It has shown that a remote visit with an audio and high-quality video will help minimize travel time and expenditure and most essentially, reduce the carbon footprint, while giving the end user a special experience.

It is evident in the Ericsson study, that the expected addressable market in 2026 will rise to about 113 billion USD, with a substantial 7% exponential revenue growth from current service revenue predictions; 5G business potentials. Using 5G, operators can devise new methods of providing revenue streams. It is understandable that manufacturing represents one of the most important sectors for new revenue potential for operators addressing 5G technologies with industry digitalization, alongside energy and utility.

The Way To Manufacturing
5G technologies create the network features essential for manufacturing. Low dormancy and high durability and reliability are needed to manage critical applications. With the high bandwidth and connection density, ubiquitous connectivity is assured. All these are requirements that manufacturers currently rely on. With the mobile 5G, technology will allow for lower cost, shorter lead times to enable factory floor production reconfiguration, higher flexibility, alterations and layout changes.

According to the research carried out by Ericsson, manufacturing use case categories that 5G will enable operators to address. These include: planning and design systems, industrial control and automation systems, planning and design systems, field devices and automation

Test Cases Design For Experiences
Ericsson is at the leading edge of 5G research and development. They have partnerships with leading technology and manufacturing specialists in many countries around the globe. This enables them to develop 5G technologies based on real business needs. They also have a major manufacturer of advanced equipment. Ericsson factories around the world have relentlessly tested 5G enabled technologies.

Data Collection And Analysis In Real Time
Ericsson is one of the pioneers behind the establishment of the 5G Enabled Manufacturing (5GEM) project with the support of the Swedish government in collaboration with the manufacturing company SKF and Chalmers University of Technology. Their mission was to use 5G networks and technology to initiate simultaneous maximum production rate and product customization– without putting aside safety, sustainability, flexibility, and traceability.

They were able to achieve this by creating a network of connected machines that enable manufacturers to collect, analyze, and efficiently distribute data within a short period of time. They were also able to enhance connectivity and ensure workers were not continuously kept in the loop in order to enable manufacturers to acquire and access much larger amounts of data – at a far greater rate– more efficiently than it has ever been.

Industrial 5g Test Bed And Trials
The United Kingdom in her manufacturing and logistics project sector had set up a competition, the industrial 5G Test bed and trials, with the aim to demonstrate the value of 5G, beyond enhanced mobile broadband, by targeting industrial uses that can help deliver productivity, efficiency and other benefits in the economy of the United Kingdom, and help the United Kingdom lead the technological advancement of enterprise applications.

The project forms part of £200 million investment in test beds and trials across the UK to explore new ways that 5G can boost productivity and business growth, as well as improve the lives of people in rural areas and maximize the productivity benefits of new technologies.

The goal of  these trials are to help spread the benefits of technology across the country, paving way for the United Kingdom to grasp an early advantage by using the new applications 5G networks can provide.

“This project will be front and center of retelling the story of Robin Hood to future generations. It will be situated in the ancient royal forest of Sherwood, which has been wooded since the end of the last Glacial Period. There is no better opportunity to trial 5G in a forest setting anywhere else in the UK – not just for the area’s geography, but for its rich and fascinating history.

I see this project as the start of a journey that will truly see Nottinghamshire on the regional, national and international tourism and environment management maps; as well as providing us with the opportunity to build the digital skills and opportunities of our residents and businesses.” – Councilor Kay Cutts, leader of Nottinghamshire County Council.

5G will create an open competition with the Government hoping to attract bids from a good number of industries where the UK has a competitive advantage, encouraging dynamic business models and opening up new opportunities and markets. This includes their creative industries but also the rich variety of technology businesses in sectors such as water, energy health and social care and logistics.

https://uk5g.org/5g-updates/read-articles/new-65-million-package-5g-trials/
https://www.industryweek.com/technology-and-iiot/article/21143729/putting-5g-to-the-test
https://www.ericsson.com/en/networks/trending/insights-and-reports/5g-for-manufacturing

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