Powered by Verizon 5G Ultra Wideband, automated industrial machinery is expected to become smarter, more nimble and, ultimately, safer.
From the assembly line to the fulfillment center, automated machinery already plays a vital role in industrial processes. That kind of factory automation, however, is just the tip of the articulated robotic arm.
The advent of 5G has the potential to drive a massive change in digitized operations, opening up a broad playbook of all-new robotic applications and having a transformative impact on everything from production to inventory management to warehouse logistics.
“There’s no area more prepared for positive 5G disruption than the manufacturing industry,” confirms Thierry Sender, director of IoT and real-time enterprise product strategy at Verizon. “5G should deliver never-before-seen enhancements and improvements to all aspects of industry.”
An ultra-fast, low-latency network should help enable robots to become fully integrated pieces of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). A next-gen network also has the potential to radically increase the viability of augmented and virtual reality on the factory floor, changing the way robots and humans work together. Ultimately, robotics in the age of 5G can make operations more efficient while also improving worker safety and the bottom line.
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