ZTE inks smart manufacturing deal in China
Chinese vendor ZTE has signed a comprehensive strategic cooperation agreement with compatriot heavy equipment manufacturing company Sany to promote the integration of 5G and industry while accelerating the digital transformation of intelligent manufacturing.
Under the terms of the agreement, ZTE and Sany will explore the application of 5G technologies in Sany’s industrial parks in Beijing and Changsha by building 5G pilot networks and conducting 5G service demonstrations.
“Committed to becoming a pioneer in intelligent manufacturing, Sany has been at the forefront of intelligent innovation in the manufacturing industry,” said Liang Wengen, chairman of Sany Group. “5G and ZTE’s R&D strength will promote the further development of Sany’s intelligent manufacturing system. The cooperation between ZTE and Sany will also accelerate the transformation and upgrade of China’s manufacturing industry.
“With mature 5G end-to-end solutions, ZTE focuses on the 5G main channel and has had 30 5G cooperation projects worldwide,” said Li Zixue, chairman of ZTE Corporation. “ZTE will deepen the cooperation with Sany in 5G vertical applications, facilitating the upgrade of intelligent manufacturing and accelerating the digital transformation in all aspects.”
The strategic cooperation agreement between ZTE and Sany will explore integrated solutions and applications of 5G, edge computing and artificial intelligence in the fields of industrial internet, the “internet of vehicles” and enterprise digitalization, ZTE said.
In related news, ZTE and China Telecom are supporting the development of PlantMate, a one-stop industrial service platform built by Zhejiang Supcon, with 5G technology. The PlantMate service platform is designed to allow specialists to provide on-site personnel with remote guidance. Based on China Telecom’s Tianyi cloud platform and 5G network, ZTE, Zhejiang Branch of China Telecom and Zhejiang Supcon have jointly developed the PlantMate 5G remote guidance system.
PlantMate service platform enables specialists to respond to troubleshooting requests promptly and remotely. The service platform also allows on-site maintenance personnel using augmented reality glasses equipped with high-definition cameras to send HD images back to specialists through the 5G network. Specialists and on-site personnel can communicate via voice and video while sharing whiteboards with each other.
In addition, the PlantMate service system can also access the maintenance specialist team at Hangzhou Headquarters of Zhejiang SUPCON to obtain remote consultation and technical guidance.
The system provides customized solutions to facilitate the troubleshooting and maintenance in the industrial scenario, the Chinese vendor added.
“In the future, ZTE, China Telecom and Zhejiang SUPCON will deepen 5G strategic cooperation in the industrial field, jointly promoting the implementation of 5G industrial internet,” the Chinese vendor said.