I guess it’s fair to say that we’re finally hitting an age when 5G will play a big task in improving (reducing) latency, providing high bandwidth, and allow for reliable real-time communication on a vast scale.
Speed, speed and more speed
With 5G, manufacturers can begin to extend their use of cloud, centralised tracking, quality inspection – perhaps forming an “ecosystem” of smart manufacturing. That said, with communication being even more rapid then it is right now, it’s important to understand how processes can be improved. The big trends within the digital transformation of manufacturing is going to be rounded out with technology like 3-D printing, which will still allow companies to form faster, cheaper prototypes. Then there’s AR and VR which will both allow for better, safer training. These aren’t necessarily new trends, but rather areas of continuous improvement for manufacturing and they certainly need to be watched closely, even from relatively small manufacturers.