Huawei and ABB sign MoU on cooperation to drive industries towards fully connected era

Huawei and ABB heads attending the signing ceremony

Huawei has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on cooperation with ABB, a global leader in power and automation technologies.

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 realisation of remote wireless robotic monitoring, management, configuration, OM, Big Data application, and visualised intelligent manufacturing to jointly promote full industrial connectivity.

ABB Robotics is a 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, palletising 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:

  • Huawei OneAir@Smart X, a wireless industrial private network, provides full service industry-grade reliable mobile connections to support voice, video, data, and IoT over one single network.
  • Huawei OneAir supports both licensed and unlicensed frequencies to realise full spectrum combination. A series of powerful anti-interference wireless technologies are adopted to ensure low latency and service continuity.
  • Huawei OneAir is developed based on an LTE open architecture and provides a customised SDK development platform for connection to various industrial applications and realisation of fully connected narrowband industrial IoT.
  • Huawei OneAir provides wireless modules with standard interfaces that can be flexibly integrated by different industrial terminals and robots. OneAir-equipped robots have reliable mobile processing capabilities.

Edward Deng, president of Huawei Wireless Network Solution, commented at the signing ceremony, “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.”

An ABB dual arm robot integrated with a Huawei OneAir wireless module is showcased at HUAWEI CONNECT 2016
An ABB dual arm robot integrated with a Huawei OneAir wireless module is showcased at HUAWEI CONNECT 2016

“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 (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. “Huawei is a global leader in communications, especially wireless communications. We are convinced that our cooperation and mutual strengths will help reinforce ABB’s technological advantages in industrial robotics and automatic production to improve production efficiency and promote internal industrial manufacturing upgrades in enterprises.”

The latest ABB robot integrating Huawei OneAir technology was also showcased, and was a popular attraction which generated sizable interest during HUAWEI CONNECT 2016.

HUAWEI CONNECT 2016 was attended by over 20,000 industry leaders who discussed how to build a Better Connected World, and how to promote digital transformation in industries. Approximately half of the booths exhibited Huawei partners’ capabilities, with 80 industrial enterprises and organisations showcasing products and solutions, including Intel, HGST, SAP, Accenture, Infosys, OpenStack, and GSMA.

Huawei demonstrated eight flagship solutions based on the key technologies of cloud computing, SDN, and Big Data. The solutions, including cloud storage, cloud service, and SDN unified controllers, facilitate the digital transformation of public utilities, finance, telecom, energy, media and other industries. For more information, please go to: http://www.huawei.com/minisite/huaweiconnect2016

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