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A Collaborative Work Cell Testbed for Industrial Wireless Communications - The Baseline Design



Yongkang Liu, Rick Candell, Mohamed Hany, Karl Montgomery


The work cell is an essential industrial environment for testing wireless communication techniques in factory automation processes. A new testbed was recently designed and developed to facilitate such studies in work cells by replicating various data flows in an emulated production environment. In this paper, the testbed's baseline design characterizes deterministic and reliable communication needs between work cell components in a typical machine tending application. Special design issues are discussed regarding safety measures in collaborative robotic operations and network synchronization among distributed machines. Measurement plans in the hardwired baseline are also introduced along with further wireless extensions. The testbed can serve as a representative cyber-physical system (CPS) model to verify industrial wireless techniques in support of mission-critical data transmissions.
Conference Dates
June 12-14, 2019
Conference Location
Vancouver, CA
Conference Title
International Symposium on Industrial Electronics


industrial wireless communications, industrial wireless networks, factory automation processes, testbed design


Liu, Y. , Candell, R. , Hany, M. and Montgomery, K. (2019), A Collaborative Work Cell Testbed for Industrial Wireless Communications - The Baseline Design, International Symposium on Industrial Electronics, Vancouver, CA, [online], (Accessed June 20, 2024)


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Created June 13, 2019, Updated October 12, 2021