5G technology supports smart manufacturing

- May 29, 2019-

As a new generation of mobile communication technology, 5G technology meets the needs of traditional manufacturing enterprise intelligent manufacturing transformation for wireless network applications, and can meet the needs of equipment interconnection and remote interactive applications in industrial environments. In industrial applications such as Internet of Things, industrial automation control, logistics tracking, industrial AR, and cloud robots, 5G technology plays a supporting role.

Internet of Things: With the advancement of the intelligent transformation of the factory, the Internet of Things as a key supporting technology for connecting people, machines and equipment is receiving high attention from enterprises. This demand has greatly stimulated the development of 5G technology while pushing the application of IoT applications.

Industrial Automation Control: This is the most basic application in a manufacturing plant, and the core is a closed-loop control system. The 5G provides a very low-end, high-reliability, massively connected network, making closed-loop control applications possible via wireless network connections.

Logistics tracking: From warehouse management to logistics and distribution, it requires extensive coverage, deep coverage, low power consumption, large connections, and low-cost connection technology. In addition, the end-to-end integration of virtual factories spans the entire lifecycle of a product, connecting a wide range of sold merchandise, as well as low-power, low-cost and wide-coverage networks, horizontal integration within or between enterprises. There is also a need for ubiquitous networks, and 5G networks are well suited to meet these needs.

Industrial AR: People play a more important role in the production process of smart factories. Due to the high degree of flexibility and versatility of the factory in the future, this has higher requirements for factory floor staff. In order to quickly meet the needs of new tasks and production activities, Augmented Reality AR will play a key role in the smart manufacturing process for the following scenarios:

Such as: monitoring process and production process. Step-by-step instructions for production tasks, such as manual assembly process guidance; remote expert business support, such as remote maintenance. In these applications, the auxiliary AR facility requires maximum flexibility and portability in order for maintenance to be carried out efficiently.

Cloud-based robots: In intelligent manufacturing production scenarios, robots need self-organizing and synergistic capabilities to meet flexible production, which brings the need for robots to cloud. The 5G network is the ideal communication network for cloud-based robots and the key to enabling cloud-based robots.

5G technology has become a key enabling technology to support the transformation of intelligent manufacturing. It can connect a wide range of scattered people, machines and equipment to build a unified Internet. The development of 5G technology can help manufacturing enterprises to get rid of the confusing application state of wireless network technology in the past, which has positive significance for promoting the implementation of industrial Internet and deepening the transformation of intelligent manufacturing.