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Porsche will use 5G to control robots in real time without cables
Published:  20 December, 2021

Porsche is installing a 5G network at it Macan body shop in Leipzig, Germany, which will allow it to control robots in real time without using cables. The installation – Porsche’s first private 5G network – is part of a research partnership between the high-performance car-maker and the communications specialist Ericsson, aimed at cutting production times and costs, improving quality, and increasing worker safety.

For the trial project, Ericsson is supplying a secure 5G network operating on a private frequency, that will provide high-speed wireless connections with ultra-low latency. Porsche says that it heralds a new era of remote production in its factories.

The car-maker believes that the updated automation capabilities will have a significant impact on its production activities. They will allow massive amounts of data to be transmitted between machines, workers and vehicles, using secure, flexible and predictable real-time transmission.

“As we transition to the factory of tomorrow, Porsche production is undergoing a comprehensive digital transformation,” explains Albrecht Reimold, Porsche’s board member responsible for production and logistics. “5G technology is one of the key elements laying the groundwork for our smart factory.”

Porsche will use 5G to control robots at its Macan plant without using conventional cabling

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