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5G in Pröduction.

From AGVs to holistic process monitoring and
predictive maintenance.
Buzzwords merging 5G and Industry 4.0 technology
swarm articles and statements, but how realistic
is the image portrayed by media and technology suppliers?
Can 5G really boost value creation in the manufacturing industry?

“Industrial 5G opens the door to the comprehensive, wireless networking of production, maintenance, and logistics. High data rates, reliable and powerful broadband transmission, and ultra–short latencies will enable a significant boost in efficiency and flexibility in industrial value creation.”

Klaus Helmrich, member of the Managing Board of Siemens AG

"The installation of a local 5G network will make the networking of all plant and machinery in the factories of Mercedes-Benz Cars even more intelligent and thus more efficient in the future. This opens up completely new opportunities for production.“

Jörg Burzer Member of the Divisional Board of Management of Mercedes-Benz Cars, Production and Supply Chain


Purpose of this web tool.

Industry 4.0, smart factory, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) – these are buzzwords describing the future of industrial manufacturing. The goal is to establish a fully digitalized and connected factory and production network to increase flexibility, efficiency and the level of autonomy. Designing production plants and logistics to meet the requirements of the digital age, the right IT backbone, communication framework and comprehensive connectivity need to be established. The new 5G communication standard opens up important new prospects.
The white paper presented in this web tool analyzes the application of Industry 4.0 technologies and trends as well as their requirements for communication and connectivity. In doing so, this paper examines how 5G can create benefits in production compared to other telecommunication standards. For this examination it is essential to understand the aspects of value creation in manufacturing companies and in the plant of the future. Therefore, current and future use cases in the manufacturing field will be derived and their benefit, state of the art and telecommunication requirements will be mapped.

Structure of this web tool.

The white paper is structured into two spotlights. One spotlight is focusing on the telecommunication technologies WiFi 4/5, WiFi 6, 4G, 5G including their technical details and limitations.
The second spotlight first introduces and defines Industry 4.0, assesses the levels of value creation for new manufacturing technologies and trends as well as it classifies the different use cases according to their application. The use cases will then be thoroughly explained, while connectivity requirements are analyzed to perform a matching with the telecommunication standards considered and scored in spotlight one. This allows a statement about the telecommunication technology needed for each use case.