Marposs, a provider of precision equipment for measurement and control, has joined 5G-SMART, a H2020 project funded by the European Commission, which aims to unlock the value of 5G for smart manufacturing through demonstrating, validating and evaluating its potential in real manufacturing environments.
5G-SMART will test the most advanced 5G-integrated manufacturing applications such as remote-controlled industrial robotics, wireless process monitoring in manufacturing, and mobile robotics, by bringing first ever 5G deployments into real manufacturing setups: at an Ericsson factory in Kista, Sweden; at the machine hall of the Fraunhofer Institute of Production Technology (IPT) in Aachen, Germany; and at a Bosch semiconductor factory in Reutlingen, Germany.
Marposs contributes its expertise in machine and process monitoring and will provide the equipment for the first real 5G trials in manufacturing at the Fraunhofer IPT premises.
5G-SMART will go beyond the trials and develop new 5G features targeting the needs of the smart factory, like the integration of 5G with time-sensitive networking and critical cloud platforms, enabling flexible software development while providing low latency and high reliability.
To further accelerate take-up of 5G in the manufacturing ecosystem, 5G-SMART will explore new business models, identifying the potential for factory owners, operational technology suppliers and mobile network operators.
Over the course of more than two years, a multidisciplinary team consisting of ICT and 5G suppliers Ericsson and Cumucore; network operators Orange and T-systems; wireless communication technologies and components provider u-blox; operational technologies suppliers ABB, Bosch, Fraunhofer IPT, and Marposs; factory operators Bosch; and academia—University of Lund, University of Valencia, Budapest University of Technology and Economics—will show how 5G can boost smart manufacturing.
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