5G Performance Evolution for Material Handling in Manufacturing

Demag, ifak, Nokia and Rohde & Schwarz cooperate to demonstrate the performance development of 5G and its impact on intralogistics applications at the DEMAG Research Factory in Wetter, Germany.
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The DEMAG Research Factory – Material Handling Demonstrator (MHD) – offers the possibility to test 5G technology in a real industrial environment for (intra-) logistics and material handling use cases.

A 5G network and corresponding intralogistics equipment such as overhead cranes, hoists, AGVs, light lifting systems, slewing cranes and, in the future, collaborative robots provide a platform in a manufacturing environment to quantitatively evaluate application requirements for 5G communication.


The testbed consists of two autonomous parts that can be operated independently or in combination. The demonstrator part consists of the 5G network provided and updated by Nokia and machines and equipment for intralogistics and manufacturing provided and operated by DEMAG. With this, real Industry 4.0 use cases are implemented. The second part is used for targeted investigations of special requirements and conditions. Measuring and testing equipment is installed instead of or in addition to the machines and equipment. R&S mobile network testing equipment will be used to determine the quality and performance of the 5G network, e.g. using coverage, throughput and latency. With ifak’s measurement system, application data traffic is generated in a scalable and flexible manner to evaluate the performance and dependability of the communication from an application point of view.

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