5G in mechanical and plant engineering Guideline for the integration of 5G in product and production

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With the Guideline 5G in Mechanical and Plant Engineering and the Use Cases developed, the VDMA supports its members in identifying the potentials, challenges and possible applications of 5G in products and production, so that companies can carefully assess the utility value and successfully develop an implementation strategy.

The term 5G has established itself as a widespread topic in mechanical and plant engineering. 5G, the fifth generation of mobile phone technology, promises to be an important pioneer for the industry of the future.
A key factor for the economic success of the German mechanical and plant engineering industry in the future will be the successful and profitable provision of highly productive and reliable, wirelessly networkable machines and plants, with a focus on high-quality value for the end user. It will also drive the convergence of reliable wireless automation and communication processes in product and process innovation.
The interests and application requirements of the mechanical and plant engineering industry are the focus of the guide and the use cases
However, there is an enormous need for action and evaluation regarding 5G in order to recognize the true potential of this technology for member companies at an early stage and to strengthen its global competitive position.
With this motivation, the core working group of the VDMA 5G User Group and the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS started a project in September 2019 to describe in detail the requirements of the mechanical and plant engineering industry in a guideline.

With the description of the use cases, the guide provides clarity about the possible applications of 5G and other radio technologies and addresses important questions with a special focus on the requirements of the mechanical and plant engineering companies:
- Which criteria are important if an application is to be realized with cable or wireless?
- What are the advantages of 5G for the company?
- Which criteria are relevant when deciding on a campus network?
- Which infrastructure do I need?
- What is important to consider when setting up a 5G networked production?
- How do I make my machine 5G-ready?
- Which applications in mechanical and plant engineering make sense for my company?
- What are the requirements and usage scenarios of my applications?

The special feature of the guideline and the use cases is the focus on user requirements, which was made possible by the intensive participation of the member companies (Fraunhofer IIS)

You can download the guideline here.

Use Cases as a practice-oriented instrument for 5G applications

An important task of many companies is the planning and evaluation of 5G application scenarios. This includes defining the starting point and the desired scenario as well as determining the requirements for which 5G functions can generate great value and high demand.

The following use cases have been developed by the 5G core working group, which consists of members of the VDMA, and Fraunhofer IIS. They do not offer a ready-made strategy for the implementation of 5G in companies. Rather, they are a practical aid and orientation guide for companies in the early stages of planning 5G applications. They present in detail the required parameters and a comparison between 5G and other wireless technologies. This exercise should be carried out by all companies before implementing a 5G application and should always be updated to reflect the latest available releases of 5G. You can access the use cases here.