Manufacturers cannot hold back on digital transformation efforts. In fact, rather than pushing pause, the pandemic has essentially hit fast forward. And while the specific technologies that matter most can differ by organization, certain technologies will ultimately surface to the top.
The latest evolution in wireless technology – 5G – is a prime example. As more manufacturers embrace automated environments, the need for connectivity without latency issues has need been more clear.
5G is a the topic of the December 2 Keynote at the IndustryWeek Manufacturing & Technology Virtual conference. Qualcomm Principal Engineer Dr. Xiaoxia Zhang will dive into the specifics of what manufacturers need to know about 5G and how it will not only power today’s connected facilities, but also prepare manufacturers with the type of connectivity the smart facility of tomorrow needs.
When asked why is now the time for manufacturers to seriously consider exploring 5G, Dr. Zhang responded: “The next industrial revolution is here, and has been driven by the continued advancement of transformative technologies like artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things and 5G. The ultra-high speeds and reliability of private standalone 5G networks, when used in manufacturing facilities, can enable a slew of new capabilities, including time-sensitive networking and ultra-reliable low latency communication. These capabilities lead to increased accuracy in essential manufacturing technologies like industrial robots, handheld terminals and automated guided vehicles. In 2021, 5G will continue to commercialize across the globe, and manufactures who take the time to explore the technology now and determine how it can be applied to their factories will be in a much better position to keep up with the new standard of efficiency and productivity once 5G is widespread in the industry.”
Want to learn more? It’s not too late to register and join in time for this informative keynote.