Chinese technology firm Huawei and global power and automation company ABB have joined hands to work around internet of things and robotics. Both the companies have signed an MoU on the same at the Chinense company’s industry event Huawei Connect 2016 held in Shanghai.
Under the MOU, the two parties will cooperate for the integration of Huawei LTE-based OneAir products and technologies into ABB robots and industrial automation solutions. The cooperative mission involves the realization of remote wireless robotic monitoring, management, configuration, OM, Big Data application, and visualized intelligent manufacturing to jointly promote full industrial connectivity.
ABB Robotics is a leading supplier of industrial robots, and also provides robot software, peripheral equipment, modular manufacturing cells and services for tasks such as welding, handling, assembly, painting and finishing, picking, packing, palletizing and machine tending. Key markets for ABB include automotive, plastics, metal fabrication, foundry, electronics, machine tools, pharmaceuticals, food and beverage industries.
A strong solutions focus helps manufacturers improve productivity, product quality and worker safety. ABB has installed more than 300,000 robots worldwide. With industrial upgrade and technological development, wireless technologies have become very popular in the industrial sector. Robotic control now requires reliable wireless technologies to support efficient service operation.
LTE (4G) is an advanced and relatively mature mobile communication technology that is widely used throughout the world. It has gained significant momentum in the telecom operator market. Compared with other wireless technologies, LTE has competitive advantages when applied on industrial wireless private networks, promoting Huawei OneAir as an optimal solution to be applied in many industries:
“Reliable industrial wireless networks are an important component during the automatic, digital, and intelligent transformation of industries. We are positive about the prospect of incorporating LTE wireless communication technology into the industrial sector. Huawei, with its profound wireless R&D and innovation competencies, will join hands with industrial leader ABB to develop E2E wireless products and solutions tailored to industrial characteristics and requirements. In the future, Huawei and ABB will fully leverage their respective strengths and extend cooperation and influence to multiple vertical industries,” said Edward Deng, President of Huawei Wireless Network Solution.
“It gives us great pleasure to sign a MOU on cooperation with Huawei to enhance our strong bond and partnership,” said Mr. Li Gang, Vice President of ABB (China) Co., Ltd., Head of ABB China’s Robotics Business Unit, and president of ABB Engineering.