Along with increased connectivity, reliability in remote locations and data security, 5G brings the promise of new opportunities for smart manufacturing and industrial IoT.
Unplanned downtime, equipment failure and production errors on the manufacturing floor can lead to residual effects in the form of damage control, customer dissatisfaction, supply chain disruptions and even revenue loss. By embracing and planning for an inevitable 5G-powered future, manufacturers can avoid these risks and accelerate Industry 4.0 developments while simultaneously scaling across other core technology areas including AI, robotics, computer vision and motion control. Seventy-five percent of industrial companies consider 5G critical in their digital transformation efforts, according to CapGemini’s report, “5G in industrial operations.”
5G in manufacturing can help organizations transform their current industrial practices into processes that thrive on the speed of information delivery and rapid, diverse edge computing.
Factory automation will adapt to changes in demand
Manufacturers currently experiment with proofs of concept (PoC) or select automated machinery and processes, which contribute to greater efficiencies and better operational data sets. These efforts are often disconnected, slow or do not scale because they are not coordinated en masse within the entire manufacturing facility. They still require human intervention. …