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5 Ways 5G Could Benefit Manufacturing

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Verizon expects 5G to kickstart a Fourth Industrial Revolution as the next-generation network is expected to benefit the factory floor. The telecom company says it has been working with its partners to create the factory of the future, and central to that mission is Verizon 5G Ultra Wideband.

“The high bandwidth, ultra-fast speeds and ultra-low latency of Verizon 5G Ultra Wideband have the potential to increase factory automation, improve quality assurance and enable supply chain tracking in near real-time,” Verizon said. “The potential benefits? Smarter, more efficient operations, safer conditions for workers and higher-quality products — along with all-new conveniences for consumers.”

These are the five ways Verizon says 5G could impact manufacturing:

  1. Intelligent Automation — As industrial robots use 5G to become more task-intelligent, factories could replace inexact, time-consuming manual procedures with more precise, efficient digitized processes.
  2. Quality Assurance — “The 5G factory of the future must not only work harder, but smarter,” Verizon said. Sensor networks and 5G-connected cameras could provide factory workers with actionable intelligence to prevent product defects and design inconsistencies, while ensuring quality and safety standards.
  3.  Supply Chain Tracking — 5G could help manufacturers keep closer tabs on where the products are throughout the chain of custody. Knowing everything about the location and condition of their products, manufacturers could reduce loss, minimize theft and fraud, anticipate stockouts and respond to fluctuations in demand.
  4. Autonomous Guided Vehicles (AGVs) — Equipped with 5G and maintaining constant sensor contact, AGVs could add precision to the path and reduce the likelihood of accidents and product damage. Adding in augmented and virtual reality, workers could guide machinery remotely.
  5. Worker Safety — 5G could help manufacturing environments become safer with new types of AI-driven solutions for preventative robot maintenance, machine learning techniques for safer floor layouts and sensor technology that warns when workers get into potentially dangerous situations.

“Just as the refinement of mechanical processes led eventually to the assembly line, the combination of 5G and manufacturing has the potential to bring about another radical breakthrough,” Verizon said.

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