Using Digital Twins to Integrate 5G into Production Networks

5G becomes an important part of the infrastructure of the factories due to its performance, flexibility and tailored solutions for factory automation and connected industries. 5G-ACIA has worked on how industrial 5G system is integrated within factories following the I4.0 principles.
Asset Administration Shell (AAS) is a key component of the Industrie 4.0 architecture to ensure integration across system boundaries and interoperability across the value chains. It supports the notion of working with “digital twins” of all assets of a factory.
Two new types of digital twins (AAS) are proposed with respect to the 5G architecture called 5G network AAS comprising of 5G Radio Access Network and 5G Core Network and an independent AAS model for the 5G User Equipment (5G UE AAS).

Exposure of 5G Capabilities for Connected Industries and Automation Applications

This white paper describes the functional requirements for exposing the capabilities of non-public 5G systems to industrial factory applications. Via exposure interfaces, industrial applications can access and can manage 5G service
capabilities. Industrial applications also monitor e.g. the QoS of communication services and the network status.
Due to the generic nature of the exposed capabilities, it is also possible to support other use cases that share the requirements of industrial factory applications. Examples include control applications for rail transportation, electrical power distribution, and central power generation.

5G-Industry Campus Europe

Fraunhofer IPT and Ericsson have teamed up and built within the EU project 5G-SMART a 5G Industry Campus Europe in Aachen, Germany with 4 indoor sites and outdoor campus coverage to develope and evaluate adaptive machining with an acoustic emission sensor and a multi-sensor platform for production process monitoring.

5G-Based Smart Manufacturing and Industrial AI Services

Huawei built a 5G testbed as part of Huawei’s OpenLab facilities in Munich, Germany to develop and validate new solutions of connected smart factories and scalable AI service deployments. AI use cases will be developed and disseminated to 5G-ACIA workgroups.

5G-SMART Testbed in Bosch Semiconductor Factory

Bosch and Ericsson have teamed up and built within the EU project 5G-SMART a 5G testbed in the Bosch semiconductor factory in Reutlingen, Germany to explore how 5G can enhance manufacturing use cases, with focus on Cloud-based Mobile Robotics and TSN/industrial LAN over 5G.

5G-Based Industrial Robotics

ABB and Ericsson have teamed up and built within the EU project 5G-SMART a 5G testbed in the Ericsson smart factory in Kista, Sweden, to explore how 5G can enhance manufacturing use cases, with focus on robotics.