NEW DELHI: Chinese telecoms equipment maker Huawei and telecoms operator China Mobile said they have jointly deployed manufacturing solutions powered by 5G and Mobile Edge Computing (MEC) at Haier’s smart factories.
The manufacturing solutions, in particular, leverage artificial intelligence (AI) and machine vision, and are applicable to various manufacturing scenarios where they can perform multiple functions.
Haier has launched the technologies at seven smart factories in China and plans to expand the implementation in 20 factories by the end of 2022, as per an official statement.
Huawei on its part is expected to help Haier deploy these 5G solutions and transform 100 of its manufacturing facilities globally within five years.
The companies — Huawei, China Mobile, and Haier also intend to offer the technologies to local manufacturers and abroad.
While the fifth-generation wireless technology offers upto 20Gbps bandwidth with latencies as low as 1ms, MEC, a key feature of 5G delivers low-latency cloud computing which can be used for deploying machine vision through low-latency connections between HD cameras, AI modules at factory sites, and training servees located off-site.
Machine vision is deployed on a 5G-enabled production line and it is claimed to cut costs by rapidly performing quality checks with over 99% accuracy.
The three partners also developed technologies to boost site and staff safety, such as AI surveillance.
In the future, the solutions will be further improved to provide “digital twins” visualization. A digital twin is the reproduction of a real and dynamic production floor into a virtual digital world, a meta-universe.
The companies are further exploring how a 5G environment can support automated guided vehicles to transfer items in warehouses or manufacturing lines more accurately and efficiently.