AMRC: unlocking the benefits of 5G in manufacturing
Showcasing the benefits of 5G enabled factories in manufacturing, the consortium behind the ‘’ project will be hosting an exhibition at the ‘’ conference which will be taking place on March 23 and 24.
“With its low latency, enhanced Mobile Broadband and support for edge compute, 5G helps streamline the implementation of advanced, industrial technologies across manufacturing and the wider supply chain. The 5G Factory of the Future project will provide businesses with the chance to come together, test 5G’s capabilities and tap into its enormous benefits for UK industry. I’m pleased Better Connected attendees will have the opportunity to hear about the ways this project will help manufacturers sow the seeds of a 5G-enabled future,” said Charles Turyagyenda, Senior 5G Technologist at Digital Catapult.
Held virtually, the conference will bring together - for the first time - all of the projects under the government’s £200mn 5G Testbeds and Trials Programme.
At the event delegates will discover more about the 5G manufacturing testbed that is being developed by 5G Factory of the Future, and its plans to drive the adoption of 5G technologies in manufacturing by increasing the understanding of its benefits.
“The potential of 5G to enhance manufacturing operations is a result of the capabilities of the technology. The 5G Factory of the Future industrial testbed will provide potential for new ways of working and will test the most challenging and ground-breaking areas of 5G for manufacturing: increasing bandwidth, decreasing latency, ensuring security across a robust network and augmenting supply chain transparency, ensuring future industrial sustainability,” Rab Scott, Head of Digital at the University of Sheffield AMRC.
“This conference is a chance to hear from us about how these benefits are ready to be unlocked by 5G and how they will improve productivity and competitiveness for UK manufacturers,” added Scott.
5G Factory of the Future is being driven by an industrial and academic consortium that includes: the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC), BAE Systems, IBM, Digital Catapult, aql, MTT and Miralis.
Timeline: Tesla's Construction of Gigafactories
Tesla's mission to accelerate the world's transition to sustainable energy
Founded in 2003, Tesla was established by a group of engineers with a drive to "prove that people didn’t need to compromise to drive electric – that electric vehicles can be better, quicker and more fun to drive than gasoline cars." Almost 20 years on, Tesla today is not only manufacturing all electric vehicles, but scaleable clean energy generation and storage too.
"Tesla believes the faster the world stops relying on fossil fuels and moves towards a zero-emission future, the better," says Tesla. "Electric cars, batteries, and renewable energy generation and storage already exist independently, but when combined, they become even more powerful – that’s the future we want. "
In order to deliver on its promise of "accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy through increasingly affordable electric vehicles and energy products," Tesla's Gigafactory journey began in 2014 to meet its produciton goals of 500,000 cars per year (a figure which would require the entire worlds supply of lithium-ion batteries at the time).
By ramping up its production and bringing it in-house, the cost of Tesla 's battery cells declined "through economies of scale, innovative manufacturing, reduction of waste, and the simple optimisation of locating most manufacturing processes under one roof." With this reduction in battery cost, "Tesla can make products available to more and more people, allowing us to make the biggest possible impact on transitioning the world to sustainable energy."
2014: Giga Nevada and Giga New York begin construction
Born out of necessity to meet its own supply demand for sustainable energy, Tesla began the construction of its first Gigafactory in June 2014, in Reno, Nevada, followed by its Buffalo, New York facility the same year. "By bringing cell production in-house, Tesla manufactures batteries at the volumes required to meet production goals, while creating thousands of jobs," said Tesla.
2016: Reno, Nevada grand opening
Tesla’s construction of Giga Nevada came to an end in 2016, the first of its Gigafactories to complete its construction project. The factory’s grand opening took place in July 2016, and by mid-2018 reached an annual battery production rate of 20 GWh, which made it the highest-volume battery plant in the world that year.
2017: Giga New York begins production
Two years after Tesla’s second Gigafactory began construction, Giga New York was complete, and started its production operations in 2017.
2019: Giga Shanghai construction to production in record time
In 2019, Tesla selected Shanghai as its third Gigafactory location. The company constructed the factory in record time, taking just 168 working days from gaining permits to finishing the plant's construction.
2019: Giga Berlin begins construction
Announced in November 2019, Tesla began the construction of its first European Gigafactory in Berlin. The Gigafactory is still under construction.
2020: Giga Texas begins construction
The following year in August 2020, Tesla began the construction of its Giga Texas factory. The company’s third Gigafactory in the US is still under construction.
2021: Giga Texas and Giga Berlin expected completion of construction
Looking to the future, Tesla expects to complete the construction of its Giga Texas and Giga Berlin factories in May 2021 and July 2021 respectively.