, more than 50 billion devices will be connected to the Things (IIoT) by 2025, generating 79 ZB (zettabytes) of data annually. Intel has combined forces with hardware manufacturer Exor International and Telecom Italia to develop an innovative manufacturing facility that uses 5G networking and artificial intelligence (AI). Intel said manufacturers evaluated ways to utilize IIoT technologies such as AI and 5G to reduce maintenance and energy costs and improve workforce productivity. However, they were still trying to see the .
Intel, Exor, and Telecom Italia have teamed up to build an end-to-end smart facto y in Verona, Italy, to showcase the benefits ofdigitization to manufacturers.
“We built this smart factory from the ground up to take advantage of the latest 5G and AI technologies from Intel andExor International’s chief technical officer, Claudio Ambra.
“Ourcan happen at any scale. This is increasingly important for small and mid-sized manufacturers looking to stay in the market,” he added. “We can’t wait to for manufacturers of all sizes with Industry 4.0 solutions.”
Through the collaboration, Exor said it would open a portion of its intelligent factory fl or 5G laboratory to other companies to prove how they canto Industry 4.0 with wireless communication.
Claudio Ambra, Exor Internationa
Exor alsoa visual quality inspection machi e based on Intel’s Movidius VPU (vision processing unit) and OpenVINO deep learning framework. This will automatically flag and classify defects, dust, and scratches in near real-time.
5G will be used forin the companies, described as an “extreme factory d sign setup”. The 5G network will be used to test peer-to-peer communications via . The impact of 5G on cluster connectivity versus wired connections will also be assessed.
Othe Industry 4.0 application areas being piloted include autonomous. Such technology allows availability in real-time.
Intel, Exon International, and Telecom Italia said they were also looking at innovative factory technologies to improveand ensure that supplies, components, and documentation are in order and ready for production.
The final part of theon order status and work-in-progress advancements, regardless of order size. “We’re seeing Industry 4.0 adoption accelerating and hearing from customers that they are interested in understanding how 5G and AI can speed up their digital transformation,” said Christine Boles, vice-president of the Internet of Things group and general manager of the industrial solutions division at Intel.
“Exor’s new smart factory is a great example of how deploying solutions based upon standards with open architectures can help lower maintenance costs, increase productivity and take advantage of new business opportunities,” she added.