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VERONA, Italy – (BUSINESS WIRE) – Jun 18, 2021–

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The 5G Lab in EXOR’s Smart Factory in Verona, Italy. (Credit: EXOR)

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Intel, EXOR International, TIM and JMA Wireless are working together to demonstrate the benefits of the private 5G network on-site alongside AI.

What’s new: Intel, EXOR International, TIM and JMA Wireless have teamed up to build an end-to-end smart factory in Verona, Italy as an example of the benefits of digitizing Industry 4.0 for manufacturers of all sizes. Based on a wide range of Intel products, including Intel Atom® processors, Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors, Intel® FPGAs, Intel® Edge Controls for industrial software, and Intel® Edge Insights for industrial software, the factory shows what’s going on with the latest version Network, cloud and edge computing technologies are possible in an agile and modular application environment.

“We built this smart factory from the ground up to use the latest 5G and AI technologies from TIM and Intel. Our Smart Factory in Verona shows that digitization can take place on any scale. This is becoming more and more important for small and medium-sized manufacturers who want to remain innovative and competitive in the market. We can’t wait to share what is now possible with Industry 4.0 solutions for manufacturers of all sizes. “

–Claudio Ambra, Chief Technical Officer of EXOR International

Why it matters: The global intelligent manufacturing market is projected to reach around $ 506 billion by 2027 – an average annual growth rate of 12.2%. Manufacturers are evaluating ways to use industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) and 5G to reduce maintenance and energy costs and improve employee productivity. Still questions remain. EXOR’s Smart Factory is designed to demonstrate the operational benefits of digitization, including:

  • Autonomous workforce planning, reaction to order changes and staff availability in real time.
  • A clear indicator of whether everything that is planned for the week, including accessories, components, and documentation, is in order and ready for production.
  • Real-time updates on job status and work progress, regardless of job size.

“We’re seeing Industry 4.0 adoption accelerate, and we’re hearing from customers that they are interested in understanding how 5G and AI can accelerate their digital transformation,” said Christine Boles, vice president of the Internet of Things Group and General Manager, Industrial Solutions Division at Intel. “EXOR’s new Smart Factory is a great example of how the use of standards-based solutions with open architectures can help reduce maintenance costs, increase productivity and take advantage of new business opportunities.”

About experimenting with 5G: The smart factory will also include an on-site 5G lab to demonstrate how manufacturers can build private networks and integrate them with existing solutions for business value. The lab examines the capabilities of 5G:

  • Improve communication in an extreme factory design setup.
  • Enable peer-to-peer communication through the use of industrial robots.
  • Impact on connectivity of edge computing clusters compared to wired connections

About the project: EXOR, a manufacturer of industrial PCs and human-machine interfaces, is working with the local service provider TIM to provide the 5G spectrum (below 6 GHz and 26 GHz). This enables EXOR to take advantage of Industry 4.0 and give engineers the opportunity to collaborate, research, test, implement and activate digitized technology. EXOR will open part of its smart factory floor and 5G laboratory to other companies to prove how they can move to Industry 4.0 with wireless communication.

EXOR will also pilot a visual quality inspection machine that uses Intel® Movidius ™ VPU and the Intel® distribution of the OpenVINO ™ toolkit to automatically detect defects, dust and scratches in near real time. The solution also classifies these defects before sending the information to the factory workers for assessment.

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