Why Should Enterprise CIOs Embrace 5G in Manufacturing Companies?
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Why Should Enterprise CIOs Embrace 5G in Manufacturing Companies?

Enterprise Networking Mag | Thursday, October 24, 2019

5G and IoT sensors can open a new pathway for the manufacturing companies while concentrating on increasing the existing processes with a minimized latency and more accurate asset tracking.

FREMONT, CA: With the increased connectivity, reliability in the remote locations, and data security, 5G brings the promise of new chances for smart manufacturing and industrial IoT. The unplanned downtime, equipment failure, and production errors on the manufacturing floor lead to residual effects in the form of damage control, customer dissatisfaction, revenue loss, and also supply chain. By planning and embracing an inevitable 5G-powered future, the manufacturers can eliminate the risks and increase the speed of Industry 4.0 developments along with scaling across other core technology areas comprising AI, robotics, computer vision, and motion control. 5G in manufacturing helps organizations transform their present industrial practices into processes that thrive on the speed of information delivery and rapid, diverse edge computing.

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Adapting of factory automation in demand

Manufacturers presently experiment with the proofs of concept (POC) or select automated machinery and processes that contribute to greater efficiencies and better operational data sets. These are often disconnected or do not scale because they are not synchronized within the entire manufacturing facility. In the future, 5G's operations of highly automated robotics and connected machines are coordinated by a central command to maximize the manufacturer's output. 5G in manufacturing will power the data transfers from machine sensors with AI, computer vision, and edge computing to set factories up for adapting automatically and changes in demand. The manufacturing firms will adjust workflow and troubleshoot the machine downtime. Manufacturers using 5G will see enhancements in the form of cost reduction, increased efficiencies, enhanced mix and the ability to meet demand, easier product customization, greater factory use, and throughput, and also the easier machine reconfiguration.

5G in manufacturing enhances the production monitoring

Manufacturers send the site managers to various buildings and other isolated locations to perform the equipment and machinery inspections, check equipment and tooling conditions and then work on the diagnostics manually. A network of IoT sensors observes the equipment and flags potential or current issues. Manufacturers use drones that are incorporated with cameras and computer vision technology to identify any other issues. IoT sensors use the AI to detect sounds that signal a problem to the user. This is all underscored by two 5G networks have a high-bandwidth—one for sensors and drones to communicate with central processing software, and a longer-range low-bandwidth, which links the remote site back to mission control as needed. With 5G implemented in manufacturing, organizations will employ better use of employee time and resources, reduce human site inspections, improve site inspection productivity, and also minimize the safety risks on the production floor and enhance the productivity.

5G improves asset tracking

Manufacturers utilize the software that is linked to IoT sensors, which can detect when that equipment has been misused. Workers can utilize the equipment data to locate tools more professionally and use time efficiently in production. Low-power 5G networks connect to asset sensors and use multiple antennae and signal triangulation to know the equipment location changes. Better network connections will enhance asset discovery, improve productivity, minimize the site losses, create more accurate inventory management, and deliver better data to plan future asset needs.

Upgrading employee training with AR

One of 5G's greatest promises is the low end-to-end that creates the chance for new ways to coach the employees by using Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality. Employees perform actions in the field-of-view and can observe if they need to change what they are doing along the way to personalize or avoid an error that happened. A low-latency 5G connection links via the AR/VR headset to better and high-performance computing located at the edge of the network. This ensures that there is no lag as the employee moves. Manufacturers will have a shorter initial training time, enhanced procedural accuracy, more efficient switching between jobs, increased customization, and increased performance monitoring.

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