How 5G Technology will Revolutionize the Manufacturing Industry

5G Technology Tech Tuesdays

In the words of author Sukant Ratnakar: “Our future success is directly proportional to our ability to understand, adopt and integrate new technology into our work.” While there are many who believe that technology is the engine behind driving progress, there are others who view these advancements are a sign of the end of humanity. 5G technology, while at its infancy from a widespread adoption perspective, just happens to be one of them.

Let’s demystify 5G technology, and explore its impacts to the manufacturing sector, with a special focus on the manufacturing safety.

The Basics of 5G Technology

5G technology, because it’s the fifth generation of wireless networking technology, can hyper-accelerate the speed of mobile phones to approximately 10 gigabits per second. To put it into context, this is more than 600X faster that today’s 4G-powered phones. On top of that, it serves as a catalyst to optimize the Internet of Things (IoT), which will have positive effects to any industry that leverages data.

The obvious question is what’s all the fuss about?

Current Concerns of the 5G Phenomenon

While there are solid arguments on both sides, here are some concerns:

The Impacts to Manufacturing Safety

Of course, the impacts of this new technology will vary from industry to industry. Technology-focused industries, such as Internet-related services and telecommunications are expected to greatly benefit from it, with Google, T-Mobile and AT&T being early adopters.

5G technology also is expected to bring key improvements to driving safety in the manufacturing industry. This will be achieved by:

  • Propelling “smart manufacturing” forward through the use of more advanced devices which are equipped with edge computing functionality. By providing real-time data and information, this will improve response times.
  • Helping to drive “discrete manufacturing” via robust data reporting and analysis capabilities.
  • Contributing to “predictive maintenance” by identifying equipment that would require repair or is deemed unsafe. This will help improve operational efficiency by reducing wait times and increase worker safety by ensuring they are working with safe and functional equipment.

Is 5G the future of technology? You be the judge!

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About Farhana Ahmad

Farhana Ahmad is a Content Marketing Manager at Intelex Technologies. With over 15 years of experience in key industries, she is a customer-focused professional specializing in delivering best-in-class Marketing and Content strategies and programs. Her degree in Environmental Science complements her marketing know-how, allowing her to incorporate her academic knowledge to the real-world applicability of the EHSQ space in general and Intelex in particular.

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