KUKA, which manufactures robots and automation solutions, will rely on 5G to develop intelligent automation (picture KUKA Group).
Nokia today announced that the German manufacturer KUKA will deploy Nokia 5G SA private wireless networking at KUKA’s Smart Production and Development Center in Augsburg, Germany.
KUKA is planning to deploy 5G technology in its intelligent robotics and automation solutions, and the Nokia Digital Automation Cloud (DAC) campus networking and application platform will support product development with immediate effect.
Michael Wagner, Director R&D, Competence Center Control Technology, KUKA, said: “In coming years, KUKA will develop solutions that harness the potential of 5G’s fast, reliable and secure connectivity. By partnering with Nokia for private wireless networking, we have now established a long-term development roadmap that will allow us to capitalise on the new capabilities in future 5G releases for our automation solutions.”
Upcoming 3GPP releases
Through the deployment of a 5G private wireless network, KUKA will ensure that it can maximise the potential of upcoming 3GPP Releases 16 and 17. In network deployment, Nokia DAC’s manager portal will enable KUKA to configure the network to its specific requirements.
As part of the multi-year subscription contract, Nokia will also support KUKA with network deployment, operation support services and training, enabling integration of new use cases that include new 5G-based interfaces and components for the KUKA solution portfolio.
Dirk Lewandowski, Vice President Central and East Europe, Nokia Enterprise, said: “5G is continuously evolving with new capabilities. Advanced automation manufacturers who leverage 5G for their own solutions need to take this into consideration. With KUKA preparing to use 5G in industrial applications, deployment of a Nokia DAC platform will enable it to accelerate development of smart automation solutions for its customers.
Digital Automation Cloud
Nokia Digital Automation Cloud platform offers reliable high-bandwidth, low-latency private networking, local edge computing capabilities, voice and video services and a catalogue of applications.
It is a compact platform, comprising network and user equipment, a cloud-based operation monitoring system and industrial connectors that ease standard and industry-specific protocol connectivity. It also has new capbilities to manage devices that integrates ruggedised handhelds and other wireless devices.
Manufacturing companies turning to Nokia for private wireless networking include Toyota Production Engineering Company, Arçelik Turkey and WEG Brazil.
With more than 290 large enterprise customers across industries worldwide, of which over 40 incorporate 5G, Nokia has been cited by numerous industry analysts as the leading provider of private wireless networking worldwide.
Nokia has deployed mission-critical networks to over 1,500 leading enterprise customers in the transport, energy, large enterprise, manufacturing, webscale, and public sector segments around the globe. Leading enterprises across industries are leveraging decades of Nokia experience building some of the biggest and most advanced IP, optical, and wireless networks on the planet.