Solutions 2022 event series: 5G in production - and not only there

On 26 October 2022, the solutions event series of OstWestfalenLippe GmbH was once again hosted by the Institute Industrial IT (inIT) of TH OWL and Fraunhofer IOSB-INA in the SmartFactoryOWL in Lemgo. On this afternoon, about 30 participants learned about the current application possibilities of the mobile communication standard 5G in industrial production, mobility solutions and commercial educational institutions.

In exciting discussions, the participants mirrored what they had experienced against their own expectations of 5G.

inIT employees Maxim Friesen and Arne Neumann, together with their research partners, showed the first results from the "5G4Industry" project using concrete practical examples on the production floor of the SmartFactoryOWL. Software tools developed in the project for short-term, reactive management and long-term, proactive planning of 5G campus networks and other digitisation resources were shown. The participants experienced and questioned the practical benefits of 5G communication in two concrete use cases. One involved the maintenance of a high-bay warehouse using Augmented Reality, the other the control of mobile robots on factory floors.

Fraunhofer IOSB-INA also presented research approaches for other fields of application of 5G technology, which it is pursuing with regional partners in joint projects. These include the 5G-based improvement of the service offer and ride comfort for the so-called MONOCABs, an innovative single-rail taxi as a public transport service on disused, single-track railway lines, as well as the integration of 5G networks and the associated process changes in craft and commercial training.