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Safer vehicle production with 5G

Audi, SICK, Germany

Case  | 

Challenge

To showcase how 5G technology is capable of revolutionizing safer production processes in factories.

Solution

With Audi and SICK, a leading manufacturer of sensor technology, Ericsson connected a German factory using 5G, so that Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) could maneuver safely and wirelessly around the workspace.

Impact

5G connects all the dots in factory environments and addresses multiple problems in the same network, resulting in tremendous flexibility improvements, enhanced connectivity and a complete reimagining of what safe human-robot collaboration can look like.

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Is 5G technology capable of revolutionizing safer production processes in factories?

In our collaboration with Audi and sensor manufacturer SICK, we hooked up a German factory with superfast 5G, so that Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) could maneuver safely and wirelessly around the workspace, collaborating in perfect harmony with human workers. SICK is a leading manufacturer in the field of sensor intelligence, creating unique products which, among other things, enable automated vehicles to detect their surroundings and alter their paths independently when encountering obstacles. Audi is an instantly recognizable carmaker which is eyeing up enhanced flexibility for its factory processes by using 5G to enable safe human-machine collaboration  and to connect robots and production tools mounted onto AGVs. All this technology needs to be safely connected and strategically organized, but how?

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“Working alongside SICK and Audi, we can address complex use cases that could never be solved before, making human-robot collaboration possible.”

- Andreas Thuelig, 5G for Europe – Program Manager, Ericsson