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5G as Enabler for Industrie 4.0 Use Cases: Challenges and Concepts

Michael Gundall; Jörg Schneider; Hans Dieter Schotten; Markus Aleksy; Dirk Schulz; Norman Franchi; Nick Schwarzenberg; Christian Markwart; Rüdiger Halfmann; Peter Rost; Dirk Wübben; Arne Neumann; Monique Düngen; Thomas Neugebauer; Rolf Blunk; Mehmet Kus; Jan Grießbach
In: 2018 IEEE 23rd International Conference on Emerging Technologies and Factory Automation (ETFA). IEEE International Conference on Emerging Technologies and Factory Automation (ETFA-2018), September 4-7, Torino, Italy, IEEE, 9/2018.


The increasing demand for highly customized products, as well as flexible production lines, can be seen as trigger for the “fourth industrial revolution”, referred to as “Industrie 4.0”. Current systems usually rely on wire-line technologies to connect sensors and actuators. To enable a higher flexibility such as moving robots or drones, these connections need to be replaced by wireless technologies in the future. Furthermore, this facilitates the renewal of brownfield deployments to address Industrie 4.0 requirements. This paper proposes representative use cases, which have been examined in the German TACNET4.0 research project. In order to analyze these use cases, this paper identifies the main challenges and requirements of communication networks in Industrie 4.0 and discusses the applicability of 5G.


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