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5G-enabled smart factory will be opened to others for testing

5G-enabled smart factory will be opened to others for testing

June 23, 2021

The industrial PC and HMI manufacturer Exor International has built a 5G-enabled end-to-end smart factory in Verona, Italy, as an example of the benefits that Industry 4.0 digitalisation can offer to manufacturers of all sizes. It plans to open up parts of the factory to other companies to explore how they could adopt Industry 4.0 practices using wireless communications.

The factory will show what is possible using the latest networking, cloud and edge computing technologies in an agile and modular application environment. Among other things, Exor hopes it will demonstrate some of the potential benefits of digitalisation, including:
• autonomous human resources scheduling, reacting to changes in orders and employee availability in real time;
• indicating whether everything planned for the week, including supplies, components and documentation, is ready for production; and
• providing real-time updates on the status of orders and work-in-progress, regardless of the size of the order.

Exor has partnered with Italy’s largest phone company, Telecom Italia (Tim), and the US-based mobile connectivity specialist JMA Wireless, to provide the 5G private networking technology that will operate in the sub-6GHz and 26GHz bands. It is also working with Intel, which is supplying products for the initiative including processors and software designed to provide industrial edge control and insight capabilities.

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