Industry 4.0 is slowly becoming a visible reality as more manufacturers team up with IT and data processing companies in an effort to realize the production lines of tomorrow.
The latest example is a recent agreement between ABB Group and Huawei. Under the agreement, ABB will have access to Huawei’s OneAir@Smart X, allowing facility-wide wireless communication between machinery, workers and a central database, each connecting on a different wireless spectrum to alleviate bandwidth issues on a single network. This network would allow for support of multiple services, including supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA), automatic control, data transmission for smart meters and sensors, video surveillance, broadband access and voice communication.
“Reliable industrial wireless networks are an important component during the automatic, digital, and intelligent transformation of industries. We are positive about the prospect of incorporating LTE wireless communication technology into the industrial sector,” said Edward Deng, president of Huawei Wireless Network Solutions.
ABB’s strength is undoubtedly in robotics, an area where Huawei will benefit by introducing advanced industrial and collaborative robots into the company’s manufacturing and development. This is particularly important in China, which has become ABB’s largest market for robotics.