NTT Ltd. today announced its collaboration with Schneider Electric to deliver Private 5G (P5G) – an on-premise private network solution for the manufacturing environment.
In early 2022, the P5G platform will be piloted at Schneider’s Lexington Smart Factory. It is the first of Schneider Electric’s U.S. plants to become a Smart Factory.
The factory showcases how IoT connectivity, Edge analytics, and predictive analytics can be used to drive energy efficiency and sustainability goals.
The P5G will be used to solve challenges around equipment availability, machine performance, and product quality.
For example, the companies could 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.
Additional P5G use-cases include:
- Unfettered connectivity for improved management of AGV devices across a factory footprint.
- Machine vision application to detect anomalies in machine performance.
- Augmented reality solutions for remote worker support.
To further the partnership, NTT will deploy its Private 5G services and data centres with Schneider Electric technologies, including a prefabricated data centre 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.
Schneider Electric’s prefabricated data centres help cloud and service providers scale quickly and efficiently while also meeting their sustainability goals. In addition to a 60% reduction in up time compared to traditional data centres, these prefabricated modular data centres are manufactured with sustainable construction methods and features that boost reliability, optimise operational energy savings, and leave a smaller environmental footprint.