Wireless Factory

In order to realise a smart factory manufacturing companies are now looking for new technologies that can deliver ultra-low latency, high bandwidth and reliable communication, with 5G being a cornerstone of this.

Through wireless connectivity, almost every asset in a factory can be connected and managed to solve operational challenges through the use of predictive data models, and machine learning, etc ultimately allowing better alignment between the IT and OT domains.

Key Research Questions

  1. Significant research challenges exist in connectivity speed, latency, security, stability and robustness of wireless networks
  2. Merging operational information and communication technologies with cyber-physical systems.
  3. Identifying & overcoming the specific infrastructure and environmental inhibitors, which limit site/plant connectivity.

Scientific Challenges

  1. Modelling wireless sensor networks with 10,000+ nodes
  2. Development of 5G networks
  3. Development of wireless energy harvesting sensors

Targeted Industry Sectors

  1. Med Tech
  2. Pharma
  3. Engineering
  4. Food & Bev

Key Industry Impacts

  1. The interconnectivity of assets and better communication of data yields increases in equipment flexibility, plant productivity and resource efficiency,
  2. Improvements in working capital & supply chain processes. efficiency of warehousing and supply-chains.

Key Enabling Technologies

  • Networking Systems & IOT
  • Sensors, wireless sensor networks
  • Robotics & Control
  • Data Analytics

Business Drivers

Networking of Brownfield equipment, improved equipment interconnectivity, faster decision making, improved data capture capability, working capital optimisation

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