Driving the future of the automotive industry: A research partnership between Ericsson and Porsche is harnessing the power of 5G to accelerate production capabilities at Porsche’s manufacturing production complex in Leipzig, Germany.
The trial project is the first deployment of a private 5G network at one of Porsche’s production complexes, heralding a new era of remote production for the high-performance automaker. The 5G independent research network uses private frequency spectrum, but is based on the same technology used in commercial networks.
“As we move into the factory of tomorrow, Porsche production is undergoing a complete digital transformation. In the process, we are guided by our vision: smart, lean and green. 5G technology is one of the key elements throwing the basics of our Smart Factory », says Albrecht Reimold, Member of the Production and Logistics Management of Porsche AG. A 5G network is already in use at the Porsche Development Center in Weissach. Here, the focus is on the development of functions that involve the exchange of safety-relevant data between vehicles.
Networking, digitalization and automation not only shape the vehicles, but also the production processes of the future. The 5G research network in place in Leipzig makes it possible to test a variety of systems in the production context that would benefit from a switch to wireless communication and the mobility it allows, in a flexible and risk-free way. The network application is in the pilot phase in the body shop. “These 5G tests are an important step for the Leipzig factory towards the production practices of the future. The pilot area of the Macan body shop gives us an exceptional opportunity to test use cases in the production environment”says Gerd Rupp, Chairman of the Board of Porsche Leipzig GmbH.
The 5G research network enables real-time and secure data transmission between man, machine and vehicle. Åsa Tamsons, Head of Technology and New Business at Ericsson, says:Ericsson is proud to work with leading companies like Porsche in their smart factories and supply them with our world-leading 5G and private network products. 5G connectivity can enable the next stage of digital transformation in manufacturing, making it more efficient and effective. Ericsson’s private networks enable increased productivity, security and flexibility in a variety of industries ranging from manufacturing, processing, mining, offshore and beyond.
The specialists are already looking at a first concrete use case. The pilot project of the Macan bodywork technology cell is working on the wireless transmission of robot signals. In this use case, a robot’s process devices are controlled via 5G rather than wires. The experience that Porsche gains here will provide a basis for future automation concepts.
5G and industry 4.0
5G is the next generation of mobile communications, which will extend the performance of today’s mobile networks to meet the future needs of consumers and industries. This technology has many network characteristics that are essential for Industry 4.0 with increasingly flexible and complex production processes. It enables faster data rates and more network capacity, as well as promising highly secure availability. Plus, ultra-low latency ensures fast response times between plant system equipment.
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