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Part 3: 5G4Automation – Development of 5G products and services for Industry 4.0

First milestone – meeting of project partner in Paderborn

The 5G4Automation project is preparing the development of 5G products and services for Industry 4.0. The basic prerequisite for intelligently networked production operations is the reliable, wireless transmission of all data using the latest information and communication standards – in this case, 5G is considered one of the key technologies. The collection and evaluation of process and machine data should be used to optimise processes, increase quality and make production more flexible. The wireless transmission of (sensor) data is the decisive added value compared to today’s wired systems. In addition, the effort required for cabling is significantly reduced.

In order to enable all companies – including SMEs in particular – to systematically use 5G technologies, the Fraunhofer Institute for Mechatronics Design Technology is building on this project as consortium leader. “The project is the initial spark for a strategic 5G initiative in the region, which will be supplemented by further R&D projects, test centres and real labs in the coming years,” Sebastian Schriegel from Fraunhofer IOSB-INA makes clear.

We are proud to be a partner alongside OWITA Ostwestfälisches Institut für Innovative Technologien in der Automatisierungstechnik GmbH, SIL System Integration Laboratory GmbH, Venjakob Maschinenbau GmbH & Co. KG, WAGO GmbH & Co. KG, Weidmüller Interface GmbH & Co. KG und Westfalen Weser Netz GmbH in this great project.