The combination of speed, practicality and potential cost savings is encouraging factory operators to experiment on 5G.
FREMONT, CA: Industry 4.0 will usher in manufacturing soon. In those futuristic factories, connected devices can sense their environments and interoperate with each other, making decisions. Many expect this transformation to rely on the underlying capabilities of next-generation 5G wireless networks. But as the excitement mounts, it can be challenging to decipher the upgrade of industrial applications that will cater to 5G needs. For this, manufacturers need to prepare to reap the full benefits of the 5G revolution. The action plan is here.
Soon, millions of people will be using 5G smartphones worldwide, and according to studies, this figure is expected to hit 627 million by 2022. This means a considerable increase, and the speed of that change means that employees at manufacturing firms need substantial support to adapt. Training schemes and clear communication strategies are vital for getting everybody on board. Leaders need to make innovation a part of the firm's culture to ensure that everybody is served. 5G is expected to improve every aspect of manufacturing. Old management systems and operational methodologies will have to be abandoned for making manufacturing plants more agile. Manufacturing firms should set up the processes that will enable them to make a successful implementation of 5G.
Demand for skilled labor in the manufacturing industry is expected to exceed in the coming years. Business leaders need to support their employees to ensure that they do not suffer the consequences of skill shortage. There will be a learning curve for employees adjusting to 5G technology and process in manufacturing. With structured support before, during, and after the 5G implementation, business leaders can ensure that employees stay motivated as 5G technology makes its debut.
The need for agile, fluid infrastructure is a consistent theme in Industry 4.0. As the devices in manufacturing grow and become more sophisticated, manufacturers must be able to adapt the 5G wireless networks that connect them quickly.