5G is the key to this powerful new connectivity
There are so many potential applications for 5G-supported HRS within manufacturing, the possibilities are infinite.
At 5G Factory of the Future our current use cases are showing that there is scope for improving defect detection, lifting overall quality and reducing takt time.
These improvements have the potential to transform the industry:
- Estimated 15% reduction in maintenance time
- Estimated 65% reduction in travel costs
The improved speed and bandwidth of 5G has opened up a world of possibilities for streamlining the more physical elements of manufacturing.
One of the most exciting ways we’re exploring these possibilities at 5G Factory of the Future is through Hybrid Reality Spaces.
What are Hybrid Reality Spaces?
Hybrid Reality Spaces (HRS) connect the real world with the digital using technologies such as virtual and augmented reality. By combining AI and remote connectivity they give us new ways to make processes more accurate and efficient.
HRS are being used here to guide operators through an assembly process, making it faster, easier and more accurate.
- Laser highlight where components need to be placed
- Sensors verify that the component is in the right position
- Cameras capture data in order to analyse and improve the process
This technology can be incorporated into a smart workbench, glovebox or a number of similar manufacturing set-ups where precise assembly is required.
Adopting HRS-supported processes like these will allow industry to optimise performance, reduce cycle time and maximise production.
The AI required can effectively train itself from a CAD model, allowing for rapid prototyping
Connecting you to experts, wherever they are in the world
Thanks to advances in 5G, we can also use HRS to allow experts to work off-site.
Inspection, supervision and other technical checks and approvals can all take place remotely.
- Inspection and supervision can take place simultaneously
- Multiple inspections can be carried out by a single inspector
- Travel to site is reduced saving time and money
Helping you work in challenging places and spaces
HRS allows technology to go where the humans may struggle to work safely, allowing operators to carry out complex fittings and repairs comfortably and effectively at a distance.
This can help:
- Engineers working on large, complex machinery such as aircraft
- Operators working in hazardous environments
Beyond the factory floor…
As well as general manufacturing applications, 5G Factory of the Future is exploring multiple uses for HRS technology:
- Pharmaceuticals – ensuring pinpoint accuracy of process and procedure in a lab setting.
- Agriculture – monitoring ripeness of produce and tracking efficient routes for harvesting.
- Military – connecting healthcare professionals to casualties for treatment in dangerous environments.
- Energy sector – maintaining assets in challenging environments (oil rigs, wind turbines).
Join the 5G manufacturing revolution
Industry 4.0 is here, bringing with it many opportunities for the world of manufacturing – and beyond.
At 5G Factory of the Future we’re passionate about helping organisations find out how HRS and other 5G-enabled technologies can work for their unique
We can help you in several ways:
- We offer consultancy and advice to find out what might work for your company
- We have a testbed where we can trial your concepts
- We give training to educate on the benefits and possibilities of 5G
Challenge: Enabling real-time rich information and AI assistance to be exploited by people at the point-of-use; reducing cost of downtime, interpretation and uncertainty.
Result: Estimated reduction in travel costs (65%) and maintenance time (15%) arising from real-time, worldwide collaboration and increased ease of training and maintenance support.
Challenge: Reduce cost and time associated with defects and quality issues. Create a no-fault forward manufacturing system.
Result: Estimated 15-25% reduction in the number of defects, amount of waste generated and machine downtime arising from improved process precision and predictive maintenance strategies and fewer errors.
Challenge: Increasing visibility across the supply chain network through all tiers for assets and products, guaranteeing operational efficiency and delivery to customers.
Result: Estimated 30% reduction in lost and damaged assets, improved schedule accuracy, and providing supply-chain transparency and real-time condition monitoring for assets tracked by the system.
Challenge: Reduce infrastructure and through-life operational costs via real-time, agile monitoring of critical production environments.
Result: Estimated 5-10% improved machine utilisation, reduction in energy use (10-15%) and maintenance time (20%), arising from performance optimisation and enhanced resource utilisation.
Challenge: Enable a business-winning paradigm via data-driven digital twins through the product lifecycle.
Result: Estimated 15-20% machine utilisation improvement (reduction in idle time, improved scheduling) and factory efficiency, arising from data-driven decision-making, real-time asset location and inventory accuracy, efficient scheduling, asset performance optimisation, and improved predictive maintenance.