Bosch will be setting up 5G networks in the coming months at its research campus in Renningen, Germany and is also launching its first 5G offerings for Industry 4.0 use.
“5G strengthens our competitiveness and lets us make even more of Industry 4.0’s potential,” said Dr. Michael Bolle, board of management member and CDO/CTO at Bosch. “We will gradually roll 5G out to our roughly 250 plants around the world.”
At the plant in Stuttgart-Feuerbach, Bosch is using 5G for the widespread use of autonomous transport systems. Eight small base stations from Nokia provide coverage across the manufacturing facility, which covers around 10,000 square metres. This lets wirelessly connected machines and systems communicate with each other in real time and exchange data within a few milliseconds.
The Bosch ActiveShuttle moves autonomously over the shop floor, avoiding people and vehicles, bypasses storage boxes, steers purposefully toward the production line, stops, unloads its freight, and sets off again.
“Campus networks are an important building block for Industry 4.0,” said Bolle. “These networks give us control – over what happens in the factory and over how data is transferred both within and beyond the factory walls.”