SEAT SA: Industry 4.0 and 5G

This use case developed by SEAT SA concerns the use of a private 5G network as a basis for deploying a platform to enable assets to be located inside a factory.

The SEAT SA factory in Martorell currently has multiple assets, scattered throughout the production plant, which are changing location. This makes it difficult to access these assets quickly when they are needed, and to analyse the routes they follow. The main requirement for locating the assets is accuracy to within a few metres, and to avoid criss-crossing the plant with complex infrastructure deployments that might create interference with other operational management and control systems.

The objective of this use case is to develop a solution for obtaining the precise location of multiple asset types, consisting of a location system and a software platform to manage it. This platform will allow them to be located practically in real time, keep a data history that can trace the routes of the assets, identify anomalous situations and anticipate potential accidents.

In this use case, the 5G network will make a key contribution by simplifying the network infrastructure, providing low latency, supporting the industrial mobility scenario and being able to manage a large number of connected devices.

The 5G Catalunya pilot project developed and validated an Industry 4.0 use case to track indoor assets, applying a hybrid solution combining UWB technology with advanced features of 5G technology. Four of UTE 5G Catalunya’s eight partners —Atos, Cellnex, Lenovo and Nae— participated in the pilot, with the collaboration of SEAT and Accent Systems.

The demonstration was carried out at SEAT’s facilities in Martorell, more precisely the furnace area of the electrified monorail waxing line in assembly workshop number 8, with the participation of representatives of and of the companies participating in the project.