5G for the smart fac­tory

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Asi­de from the in­ten­si­fi­ca­tion of the use of simulation tools sup­por­ted by vir­tual 3D reality, Au­di has ta­ken new steps in anot­her important tech­no­lo­gi­cal field for the pre­sent and fu­tu­re of the au­to­mo­ti­ve in­dustry. To do so, it has for­med an allian­ce with a lea­der in the te­le­com­mu­ni­ca­tions field, Erics­son, “to be­co­me pio­neers in the ap­pli­ca­tion of 5G tech­no­logy for car pro­duc­tion”. Ex­perts from both com­pa­nies com­ple­ted the first tests at a tech­ni­cal cen­tre at Au­di’s Pro­duc­tion La­bo­ra­tory in Gain­mers­heim in Ger­many. Frank Loydl, chief in­for­ma­tion of­fi­ce at Au­di no­ted: “The fully net­wor­ked fac­tory will have a sig­ni­fi­cant im­pact on car pro­duc­tion in the fu­tu­re. For us, a po­wer­ful net­work ar­chi­tec­tu­re that can res­pond in real ti­me is of de­ci­si­ve im­por­tan­ce”. In ad­di­tion to the In­gols­tadt plant, Au­di and Erics­son are ex­plo­ring whet­her 5G tech­no­logy can be used in the au­to­ma­ker’s ot­her fac­to­ries. Erik Ekud­den, group CTO at Erics­son, ad­ded: “This pro­ject is a great op­por­tu­nity to see what is pos­si­ble when we bring 5G in­to an au­to­mo­bi­le pro­duc­tion en­vi­ron­ment to truly enable smart wi­re­less ma­nu­fac­tu­ring”. In the world of mo­bi­le com­mu­ni­ca­tion, 5G net­works mean it is pos­si­ble for com­pa­nies to de­ve­lop new ap­pli­ca­tions for any use, from wi­re­less, smart vehi­cles to fac­to­ries of the fu­tu­re. In the first pha­se of the pro­ject, Au­di and Erics­son will test an ap­pli­ca­tion to con­trol wi­re­lessly connected ro­bots for joi­ning ope­ra­tions using glue, a com­monly used tech­ni­que in au­to body cons­truc­tion. Lin­king with the field of simulation, the plan­ned in­fras­truc­tu­re at the tech­ni­cal cen­tre in Gaim­sers­heim will in­clu­de the im­ple­men­ta­tion of 5G tech­no­lo­gies in a si­mu­la­ted pro­duc­tion en­vi­ron­ment that mi­rrors tho­se of Au­di’s plant in In­gols­tadt. The net­work is de­sig­ned to in­te­gra­te al­ter­na­ti­ve or com­ple­men­tary tech­no­lo­gies to the ones cu­rrently in use, in­clu­ding Wi-Fi net­works or wi­re­less LAN, or Et­her­net con­nec­ti­vity of pro­duc­tion com­po­nents.

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