Ericsson to accelerate Audi’s factory automation

Ericsson and Audi are accelerating factory automation by testing 5G Ultra-Reliable Low-Latency Communication (URLLC) capabilities at the car manufacturer’s P-Labs facility in Germany.

At Audi’s P-Labs in Gaimersheim, Germany, Ericsson’s 5G system is already live in a real factory environment. Now, plans are underway to introduce 5G URLLC capabilities to the existing system for more advanced factory automation and personnel safety use cases.

Ericsson and Audi have successfully tested the 5G URLLC capabilities at Ericsson’s factory lab in Sweden and the next step is to bring these capabilities to Audi P-Labs in Germany. Replacing wires in automated factories, 5G URLLC increases flexibility in the production and assembly process while also reducing personnel safety risks.

Henning Loser, Head of Production Lab, Audi said, “As part of our project with Ericsson that was announced in 2018, we continue to test the possibilities offered by 5G technology for industrial applications in the smart factory. 5G connects all the dots in our production environment, resulting in tremendous flexibility improvements, enhanced connectivity and a complete reimagining of what safe human-robot collaboration can look like.”

Marie Hogan, Head of Mobile Broadband & IoT, Ericsson said, “5G URLLC will provide wireless connectivity that meets the performance demands of industrial automation. The door has been opened, and advanced use cases and Critical IoT applications are now possible with the benefits of greater flexibility, mobility and efficiency for production automation. Cutting the cables is the real game changer in enabling Industry 4.0.”

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