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NTT and Schneider Electric partner on Private 5G
- March 22, 2022
- William Payne
Japanese telecoms group NTT is collaborating with Schneider Electric to deliver Private 5G for digital manufacturing.
In early 2022, NTT’s Private 5G platform, P5G, will be piloted at Schneider’s Lexington Smart Factory, the first of Schneider Electric’s US plants to become a Smart Factory showcase site. The site is planned to become a testbed for 5G driven IoT connectivity, Edge analytics, and predictive analytics. The two companies aim to use 5G to drive energy efficiency and further sustainability goals.
The NTT P5G platform is planned to host use-cases that solve challenges around equipment availability, machine performance, and product quality. The companies will integrate ‘machine vision’ capabilities (industrial cameras with specialised optics) into existing factory and warehouse automation systems, that identify faults as well as wear and tear for incident root cause in near real-time.
Through co-innovation, the solution will provide a model for operational integrity management that scales across a broad footprint of global factory environments to power Industry 4.0, enabling Network Edge platforms.
Additional P5G use-cases to be addressed include:
- Unfettered connectivity for improved management of AGV devices across a factory footprint that yields more efficient and accurate workflow systems.
- Machine vision application to detect anomalies in machine performance to ensure high performance, availability, and quality of product.
- Augmented reality solutions that enable remote worker support for enhanced equipment maintenance and management and worker experience.
“With this strategic partnership, we are confident that NTT’s P5G solution will support Schneider Electric business and service level objectives with a powerful machine vision solution that solves for operational continuity and performance throughout the Lexington and Lincoln plant facilities,” said Shahid Ahmed, EVP New Ventures and Innovation at NTT. “Our P5G platform brings full-stack managed services, process workflow and IoT application integration capabilities that both addresses strategic objectives towards factory high performance and net zero carbon emission goals.”
“In partnering with NTT, Schneider Electric further extends its manufacturing expertise along with data centre and network solutions to drive innovations for self-contained Edge Private 5G use-cases,” said Luc Rémont, Executive Vice President International Operations at Schneider Electric.
“Above and beyond superior security and control offered through this partnership, wireless networks offer superior benefits over a wired network from a sustainability perspective – smaller copper cabling footprint means minimising energy usage and aligning to our net-zero carbon goals,” Rémont added.
To further the partnership, NTT will deploy its Private 5G services and data centres with Schneider Electric technologies, including a prefabricated data center to integrate and test its edge offerings using EcoStruxure solutions. This is expected to be 100% operative in Schneider Electric factories during the 2nd QTR 2022.