Audi and Ericsson will work together on 5G and robotics
The two companies are working on a pilot project for using 5G in production for automobiles
A future where an industrial robot will install an airbag in Audi ? That future is now likely as Audi and Ericsson have showcased technology that will make it possible.
In what looks to be a possibility where humans and machines work together seamlessly, 5G makes it possible to do so wirelessly.
“5G combines all points in our production environment and this leads to enormous improvements in flexibility and connectivity and shows how humans and robots can work together safely,” says Arjen Kreis, Head of Planning Body Shop Automation Technology, Audi Neckarsulm.
“As part of our project with Ericsson, which we announced in 2018, we are testing the possibility of 5G technology for industrial applications in the smart factory in the Audi Production Lab. These projects will teach us more about how wireless networks can be used optimally in a smart factory,” says Dr. Henning Löser, Head of the Audi Production Lab, in which industrial application scenarios for automobile production are tested and developed further using 5G. Together with Ericsson, Audi places a central focus here on particularly latency-critical use, such as interaction with an industrial robot.
Audi and Ericsson have been testing 5G since 2018 and two years later, the communication technology will realize its potential.
“5G offers the extremely low latency that meets the performance requirements of industrial automation,” declares Marie Hogan, Head of Mobile Broadband & IoT at Ericsson. “Highly developed applications and system-critical IoT networking combined with the advantages of greater flexibility, mobility and efficiency for the purpose of production automation are thus becoming possible for the very first time. ‘Cutting the cables’ is the actual turning point in the Industry 4.0 era.”