Let me start with a definition of latency: this is how long devices take to respond to an instruction to perform an action. Manufacturing technologies need ultra-short latency periods. 5G can provide these, along with high data rates and a dependable, powerful broadband transmission. Simply put, 5G ensures industrial digital technologies can perform at their best, resulting in more flexible, enhanced manufacturing factories.
Makers will be able to benefit from 5G in other ways too. They can monitor production remotely, and maintain video feeds from the factory floor. This will give them the ability to respond faster to changes outside of their normal processes. Ultimately, all these advantages will lead to better efficiency and economic growth for the manufacturing industry.
So whilst 5G isn’t really a thing for manufacturing SMEs yet, when it is introduced, it’ll be an invisible tech. It will work silently in the background, enabling other technologies – such as mobile robots, autonomous vehicles, the Industrial Internet of Things, augmented reality for maintenance technicians, and virtual reality apps. You could say that it’ll bring Industry 4.0 to life!