Volkswagen is testing 5G for production at the Dresden plant
There are already around 5,000 robots and many other machines and systems at the Volkswagen plant in Wolfsburg.
Volkswagen is taking another step towards fully networked factories. A local 5G island network is now available at the main plant in Wolfsburg, which initially includes the central production development center and the pilot hall. The pilot project tests whether 5G technology meets the high requirements of vehicle production in order to develop it for industrial series production in the future. A dedicated 5G radio frequency is used to ensure secure and lag-free data transmission. The Transparent Factory in Dresden has also put a so-called “5G island” into operation. Volkswagen takes over the construction and operation of the 5G infrastructure itself in order to build up competitive know-how in dealing with this important future technology and to guarantee data security.
There are already around 5,000 robots and many other machines and systems at the Volkswagen plant in Wolfsburg. In order to control and monitor this, a secure and delay-free transmission of data will be necessary in the future. The latency, i.e. the time it takes to send data through the network, is significantly reduced in 5G networks compared to other wireless communication technologies such as WLAN. The 5G technology offers extremely short latency times of up to one millisecond, data transmission rates in the gigabit range and high reliability even at high loads. This wireless real-time communication will enable many Smart Factory applications for the first time.
One scenario that is to be tested in the pilot phase under real laboratory conditions in Wolfsburg is the wireless upload of data into manufactured vehicles. With increasing digitalization and fully networked vehicles, large amounts of data have to be transferred to the cars in the production process. With 5G, this can be done much faster and at any time during production.
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