NTT Docomo, Omron and Nokia to run joint 5G trials at their plants

  • Omron, Nokia and Docomo would work to determine the feasibility of concept of a production line which is layout-free through Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMRs).

  • The trial would leverage 5G connectivity using IoT/AI for coaching in real-time.

Nokia, an international telecommunications company, NTT Docomo, a Japanese predominant mobile phone operator, and Omron Corporation, a Japanese electronics company, have agreed to run joint 5G field trials at their plants as well as other production sites.

Nokia would facilitate the enabling 5G technology while Omron Corporation will provide factory automation equipment through NTT Docomo conducting the 5G trial. The trial follows growing demand for the presence of wireless communications capabilities at production sites, fueled by the need for establishment of stable connectivity among IoT devices.

Omron, Nokia and Docomo would work to determine the feasibility of concept of a production line which is layout-free using Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMRs). This study would witness AMRs automatically transporting components precisely to the spot where they have been requested on the basis of communication coming from the production line equipment.

The trial would leverage 5G connectivity using IoT/AI for coaching in real-time. Machine operators would be observed through cameras, using an AI-based system delivering feedback on the performance of machine operators based on the analysis of their respective movement. This feedback will help enhance the training procedures of technicians by analyzing and detecting differences in motions of less skilled and more skilled personnel.

President and CEO of Nokia, Japan, John Harrington stated that the manufacturing industry can utilize the lower-latency, higher throughput as well as stable wireless connections that are delivered with 5G in order to embrace the IoT.

Senior Vice President of 5G Laboratories at NTT Docomo, Takehiro Nakamura stated that the company will prove the feasibility of factory production lines that are layout-free with person-machine collaboration and Autonomous Mobile Robots.

 

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