The world continues to witness many innovations and use cases that use 5G technology. While 5G continues to be adopted by many businesses, some of the use cases enabled not only improve products and services but also change some processes.
Digital twin technology has improved significantly in recent times as 5G technology has improved the latency between sensors to ensure more accurate readings of digital twins. While digital twins were only found in manufacturing hubs and in the oil and gas industry in the beginning, use cases are now being expanded to other industries as well.
In Australia, for example, Nokia and the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) have announced the successful operation of the world’s first private wireless and 5G connected digital microbrewery. The state-of-the-art facility becomes part of UTS’s Industry 4.0 research site and will enable thirsty researchers to perfect the art of brewing in the 21st century using digital automation.
Utilizing the actual brewery’s cloud-based digital twin to optimize the manufacturing process, UTS’s Industry 4.0 Nano-Brewery, is part of the new Advanced Manufacturing and Industrial Data Science testbed developed at UTS Tech Lab.
Nano-Brewery has become part of an international production network, with the same physical twin set up at TU Dortmund University in Germany. The 5G connected brewery captures and monitors production data at every step of the manufacturing process and uses this data, along with data from Dortmund’s physical twin and a digital cloud twin, to optimize the process. .
5G connectivity is provided by Nokia’s FastMile 5G Gateways connected to a campus-wide Nokia Digital Automation Cloud 5G Standalone private wireless network. The 5G private wireless network is delivered using multiple Nokia AirScale Indoor Radio (ASiR) small cells positioned throughout the UTS Tech Lab campus.
The private wireless 5G network became part of the on-site Nokia 5G Futures Lab, which opened in November 2021 and is already being used to support other Industry 4.0 projects within the Tech Lab such as the Australian Government-funded project on Nokia/UTS 5G Connected Cobots.
According to Professor Jochen Deuse, Director of the Center for Advanced Manufacturing at UTS, the goal is to promote Industry 4.0 principles to the local industry by offering a testbed that gives partners the keys to developing their own products. process of producing and acquiring business intelligence.
“Our international collaboration with TU Dortmund and Nokia allows us to globalize the results of our testing,” commented Professor Deuse.
For Tommi Uitto, president of Mobile Networks at Nokia, “UTS’s Industry 4.0 facility is an exciting environment for developing and testing new cases using 5G technology.
“In digital microbrewery, we show how 5G private wireless networks and cloud-based technologies can help optimize the manufacturing process and get closer to achieving the full pint,” Uitto added.
The 5G Futures lab continues to investigate the use of 5G and 6G in cybersecurity, advanced antenna and mmWave technologies, virtual and augmented reality, data science and AI. The projects also focus on the potential of 5G and 6G to enhance Industry 4.0 and provide new Internet of Energy capabilities across the smart grid, energy storage and wireless power transfer.