Siemens, Qualcomm showcase private 5G net for industrial apps

Siemens and Qualcomm announced Tuesday they have set up a private standalone 5G wireless network for industrial applications in a test center in Nuremberg, Germany.

The proof of concept uses 5G wireless over the 3.7-3.8 GHz band to connect Simatic control systems and IO devices.

With the network in the test center, vehicle makers can see automated guided vehicles interact live. The intention is to “drive forward the development and technical implementation of private 5G networks in the industrial sector,” said Eckard Eberle, CEO of process automation at Siemens.

Both companies are also exhibiting elsewhere in Nuremberg at the Smart Production Solutions (SPS) 2019 conference that continues through Thursday.

Separately at SPS, Qualcomm joined with Bosch Rexroth to showcase time-synchronized industrial devices over a live 5G network.

Time-sensitive networking (TSN) over 5G will provide greater flexibility for factory operations, said Yongbin Wei, vice president of engineering at Qualcomm. The company is planning to demonstrate full 5G TSN in the next 3GPP release 16 in 2020.

Bosch Rexroth makes a ctrlX Automation platform so that industrial machine makers can pick between real-time wired industrial Ethernet or real-time 5G wireless as needed, without having to change the machine application.

Elsewhere at SPS, STMicroelectronics and maxon showed off a $129 industrial servo control development kit for drives, robotics and automation. Called the Evalkit-Robot-1, it is designed to help users work with precise positioning and motion in servo drives and robotics. A maxon 100-watt motor with a built-in encoder is included in the kit as well as an intelligent three-phase motor controller with an inverter stage that includes ST power transistors.

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