Skip to main content
blog | 5G-enabled AGVs and AMRs: A game changer for intralogistics |
2 minute read

5G-enabled AGVs and AMRs: a game changer for intralogistics

In factories and warehouses all over the world, Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) and Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMRs) are changing the way we manage material flows by performing tasks on their own, enabling smoother and more cost-effective operations. For over 50 years, Kollmorgen has been leading the way in creating software and hardware solutions for automated vehicles, and our NDC platform is used by over 90 AGV and AMR manufacturers worldwide, making logistics automation easier for everyone involved.

The 5G Revolution in Material Handling

Now, with the advent of 5G technology, AGVs and AMRs are set to enter a new era of connectivity and performance. Ericsson Private 5G, the private 5G network product from Ericsson, in conjunction with Kollmorgen's NDC Solutions, are transforming the landscape of material handling. This partnership brings forth a host of advantages that can significantly benefit manufacturers and warehouses, making their operations smoother and more efficient.

Benefits of 5G for AGVs and AMRs

Strong, Stable and Secure Connectivity: Kollmorgen's NDC Solutions, tested on Ericsson Private 5G, provides seamless and reliable coverage. This means fleets of AGVs and AMRs can stay connected and communicate smoothly, even in large warehouses or factories, on a single network.

Built to Scale: One of the great things about 5G is that it can handle a large number of devices without slowing down. This scalable characteristic allows factories to further expand their fleet of AGVs without worrying about network congestion.

Predictable Performance and Latency: With 5G, AGVs and AMRs can communicate with each other and other systems quickly and efficiently. Thanks to deterministic latency, even during heavy network use, these machines can operate smoothly and predictably, ensuring the tasks are completed without interruptions.

Traffic Prioritization: In a busy factory, some tasks are more important than others. With Ericsson Private 5G, you can prioritize certain types of communication over others with Quality of Service (QoS). This means that AGVs are guaranteed to operate without interference from lower-priority applications on the network.

Faster Data Transfer: Ericsson Private 5G enables enterprises to deploy AGV fleets supported by faster data transfer speeds, lower latency, robustness, and improved reliability. This potential advancement could enable AGVs and AMRs to perform tasks faster and more efficiently.

The Future with 5G-Enabled AGVs

By adopting 5G technology, manufacturers and warehouses can harness several benefits:

  • Increased Productivity: AGVs and AMRs can work faster and smarter with 5G, leading to increased productivity in material handling.
  • Improved Efficiency: The reliability and stability of 5G networks reduce downtime, making AGV operations more efficient and cost-effective.
  • Competitive Advantage: In today's fast-paced and digital-driven economy, staying competitive is crucial. 5G-powered AGVs and AMRs help businesses keep up with the latest technology trends and maintain their edge in the market.
  • Better, Faster, Safer: An intelligent facility controlling a fleet of AGVs and AMRs using a single digital brain to know where each asset is in relation to other assets, including human, is able to run at higher speeds with more consideration to its environment.

The partnership between Ericsson and Kollmorgen, powered by 5G technology and private networks, is reshaping the world of AGVs and AMRs in material handling. With high-performance, reliable and secure connectivity, highly scalable, with predictable and low latency, these smart machines can perform their tasks more efficiently than ever before. Manufacturers and warehouses that embrace 5G-powered AGVs and AMRs are prepared to benefit from increased productivity, improved efficiency, and a competitive edge in today's dynamic industrial landscape. As we move forward, 5G technology will continue to play a critical role in driving innovation and transformation in material handling.


Ericsson enables communications service providers and enterprises to capture the full value of connectivity. The company’s portfolio spans the following business areas: Networks, Cloud Software and Services, Enterprise Wireless Solutions, Global Communications Platform, and Technologies and New Businesses. It is designed to help our customers go digital, increase efficiency and find new revenue streams. Ericsson’s innovation investments have delivered the benefits of mobility and mobile broadband to billions of people globally. Ericsson stock is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm and on Nasdaq New York.

Consult an Expert

Engineer the Exceptional

Learn how to engineer exceptional machines, robots and vehicles with the highest-performing, most reliable motors, drives, automation solutions and more.

Learn More

Related Resources

Stacking 3-ton pallets of soft bags: No challenge for Kollmorgen-equipped AGVs from Heli >

No two projects are the same, and it’s important to be able to provide a modular solution that can be adapted to suit the customers’ requirements. Learn how Heli created specialized high-reach AGVs equipped with Kollmorgen technology to meet their…

Hangcha Intelligent Empowers Intelligent Ceramic Production: New Pearl Group's Transformation Through Advanced Manufacturing >

In the ever-evolving landscape of manufacturing, innovation stands as the cornerstone of progress. New Pearl Group, a pioneering force in the ceramics industry, has taken a significant leap forward by embracing intelligent production techniques.…
Accelerate Your AGV Expertise with Kollmorgen's Comprehensive Training Program

Accelerate Your AGV Expertise with Kollmorgen's Comprehensive Training Program >

In today's rapidly evolving world of automated guided vehicle (AGV) systems, staying ahead of the competition requires continuous learning and skill development.
ChatGPT, Google Bard or Microsoft CoPilot and AGVs: Balancing the Benefits and Challenges

ChatGPT, Google Bard or Microsoft CoPilot and AGVs: Balancing the Benefits and Challenges >

Could prompt AI such as ChatGPT, Google Bard or Microsoft CoPilot revolutionize the AGV arena? Sebastian Witkarsson, Information Security Officer at Kollmorgen, examines the possibilities – and sounds a note of caution.
Unlock fast-track AGV commissioning with Cirrus

Unlock fast-track AGV commissioning with Cirrus – the latest innovation from Kollmorgen >

Cirrus, the latest commissioning innovation from Kollmorgen, is a cloud-based solution that speeds up and streamlines AGV installations. With its smart features and easy-to-use interface, Cirrus can help accelerate your business by enabling efficient…
Kollmorgen Innovation Day, Realizing Ideas at the Cutting Edge of Tech

Realizing Ideas at the Cutting Edge of Tech >

Kollmorgen is all about innovation, constantly investing in collaborations and research projects to exchange knowledge and expertise with partners and universities across the world. Learn more about how Kollmorgen works to enable innovative thinking…
Kollmorgen Innovation Day

All Together For Innovation: More perspectives mean better ideas and better products >

At Kollmorgen, there are more and more female employees every year, which really helps to broaden overall perspectives. Everyone agrees that diversity drives innovation and these values apply to the group at every level.

Interoperability: What it is, and why it matters in the age of automation >

We are now living in a digital world. E-commerce consumers expect goods to be delivered faster and more flexibly than was the case just a couple of years ago. Organizations, retailers, and their warehouse service providers therefore need to find new…
Automation in a Single Day with Game-Changing DIY Platform

Automation in a Single Day with Game-Changing DIY Platform >

Accessible and affordable automation for all has made a giant leap forward with the release of an AMR platform that enables users to install out-of-the box automation technology in less than a day.