Bosch semiconductor plant in Reutlingen: How 5G affects production

Whether Siemens in the Nuremberg automotive showroom and test center, the mechanical engineering company Trumpf or Mercedes Benz in Sindelfingen Factory 56, more and more German companies are now testing specific 5G applications for the smart factory of tomorrow. The Stuttgart Bosch Group is also involved. For example, in their vision of the factory of the future, the Swabians rely on 5G to implement new and more flexible manufacturing concepts. “5G is a standard of superlatives,” says Andreas Müller, head of the “Communication and Network Technology” division within central corporate research at Bosch and chairman of the “5G Alliance for Connected Industries and Automation” (5G-ACIA).

For many, 5G is now a key factor for the digitalization of production when technical assistance systems are introduced, sensors send a large amount of data and the degree of networking between people, machines and systems continues to increase. “The new mobile communications standard provides a boost for Industry 4.0,” emphasizes Michael Bolle, Bosch managing director and CDO / CTO. But despite all the euphoria, it should not be forgotten that the new mobile radio technology still has a large number of open questions. What about the compatibility of 5G with existing production facilities? Are the electromagnetic waves disturbing here?