Nokia's Digital Automation Cloud will power WEG's Industry 4.0 project

WEG's automated factory in Brazil will serve as a real-world production setting for the project

Nokia has announced it will join WEG’s Open Lab WEG/V2COM project to develop Industry 4.0 solutions in Brazil.

The Brazilian Agency for Industrial Development (ABDI) and the National Telecommunications Agency (Anatel) will also participate in this pioneering project. Furthermore, Open Lab WEG/V2COM will leverage Nokia's Digital Automation Cloud (DAC) solution to assess the quality and economic value of solutions developed through the partnership.

Compact and easy to deploy, Nokia’s DAC ensures a reliable, high-bandwidth, and low-latency private network with local edge computing resources, voice and video services, and more. Its cloud-based operational monitoring system and network equipment facilitate standard and industry-specific protocol connectivity. 

Additionally, DAC combines plug-and-play 4G and 5G connectivity with on-premises data processing to enable real-time applications for smart manufacturing, predictive maintenance, and remote operations.

“The 5G project at the WEG plant will bring the possibility not only of supporting official studies for the use of technology in Brazil but will also accelerate the development and testing of WEG / V2COM products and solutions for our customers,” said Guilherme Spina, director of V2Com at WEG.

According to reports, the Open Lab WEG / V2COM project is being implemented in a real production environment at one of WEG's factories in Jaraguá do Sul, Santa Catarina. The implementation is expected to be complete in about a year. 

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The factory will serve as a testbed, in which researchers can test a private 5G network alongside a conventional network provided by a Mobile Network Operator (MNO). An independent research institute will evaluate two frequencies of interest: one below 6 GHz and one between 27.7 GHz and 27.9 GHz.

The results will contribute to studies Anatel is conducting on the regulation of business-use 5G private networks.

“Our project with WEG is the latest example of the use of Nokia's 5G private networks to leverage, as a leading supplier and technological partner, the level of Industry 4.0 in Brazil. With our technology, we bring increased productivity to several economic sectors. We are committed to Industry demands, from the training of people, such as our project with Open Lab Senai, as well as the development of case studies such as those being tested and applied by WEG,” comments Marcelo Entreconti, Nokia head of enterprise for Latin America.

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