Making industrial 5G happen

Industrial 5G for better ecosystems

5G has the potential to provide (wireless) connectivity for a wide range of different use cases and applications in industry. In the long-term, it may actually lead to convergence of the many different communication technologies that are in use today, thus significantly reducing the number of relevant industrial connectivity solutions. Just as there is an ongoing trend towards Time-Sensitive Networking (TSN) for established (wired) Industrial Ethernet solutions, 5G is likely to become the standard wireless technology of choice, as it may for the first time enable direct and seamless wireless communication from the field level to the cloud.

Manufacturing is diverse and heterogeneous, and is characterized by a large number of automation use cases. These can be divided into five distinct areas of application, as depicted below:

  1. Factory automation,
  2. Process automation,
  3. Human-machine interfaces (HMIs) and production IT,
  4. Logistics and warehousing, and
  5. Monitoring and predictive maintenance
Factory automation
Factory automation comprises automated control, monitoring, and optimization of processes and workflows within a factory.
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Process automation
Process automation refers to the control of production and handling of substances such as chemicals, foodstuffs and beverages, etc.
Human Machine Interface (HMI)
Human-machine interfaces (HMIs) include a wide variety of devices for people to interact with production systems.
Logistics and Warehousing
Logistics and warehousing have to do with organizing and controlling the storage and movement of materials and goods in the context of industrial production.
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Monitoring and predictive maintenance involve tracking certain processes and/or assets without directly controlling or impacting them.

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