Digital Business Development & Innovation for Manufacturing market, Atos
Accelerating the Industry 4.0 revolution
While the manufacturing sector has led other industries in widescale digital transformation, from automation to digital twins, very few solutions have been industrialized at scale – often for connectivity reasons. As a result, the potential of huge volumes of data collected during manufacturing and logistics operations has stayed largely untapped.
5G is a game-changer, bringing hyperconnectivity with flexibility onto factory floors and warehouses. Old constraints are eliminated; 5G provides connectivity of goods and people without the need for wires or extensive Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) infrastructure.
AI-driven analytics at the edge will enable more intelligent operations to optimize the safety, security, resilience, efficiency, and productivity of processes and machines in real time. 5G will enable much wider use of connected technologies such as robotics and augmented reality applications for workers. It will enable a level of automation that simply wasn’t possible on networks that introduced latency and therefore delay in reaction times.
In factories and warehouses, actionable video analytics will enable companies to guard perimeters and respond to any hazards or security threats. And with tools for visualizing the data, for instance, employers will have much more actionable intelligence to protect workers, avoid workplace incidents and ensure health and safety protocols are followed.
Operation and management of warehouse and logistics operations – both in terms of raw materials and finished goods – are essential to meet intense demand – particularly with the rise of e-commerce. What’s more, keeping warehouses safe and secure can be a considerable resource challenge.
Shop floor monitoring and management
Camera footage combined with AI is a highly efficient way of monitoring and looking after operations. Video streams can be analyzed to identify problems (such as a fridge door staying open overnight), protect from a product or stock theft, prevent high-cost incidents, trigger alerts about incidents that could be a risk to worker health and safety, and ensure the use of safety equipment and PPE.
Driverless vehicles and robotics
5G will help to scale the use of self-driving forkliftsand other connected autonomous vehicles for stock management and collection in warehouses. When automation is combined with AI, for example, on the shortest or fastest routesin realtime, this will make a considerable contribution to efficiency.