The global Internet of Things (IoT) enabler Telit announced a strategic partnership with Brazilian engineering company WEG to conduct 5G private network tests in an electric motor plant.
WEG has selected Telit's FN980m module for connectivity testing in its Open Lab WEG/V2COM project conducted in partnership with the Brazilian Agency for Industrial Development (ABDI) and the National Telecommunications Agency (Anatel).
According to a joint press release, WEG integrated the FN980m into the Electric Motor plant in the state of Santa Catarina, Brazil to connect all the robots in the production line.
Anatel will use the 5G test results to illustrate better performance to WEG over current connectivity solutions used in industrial automation such as fiber optics, ethernet cable, and Wi-Fi.
Telit's FN980m—powered by the Snapdragon X55 5G Modem-RF System—supports up to 6.5 Gbps download (DL) and 3 Gbps upload (UL) speeds, making it ideal for bandwidth-intensive applications such as professional video broadcasting, digital signage, and industrial IoT among other use cases. Supporting all major frequency bands gives service providers and their customers maximum deployment flexibility.
"Thanks to the successful interoperability testing with Telit's FN980m 5G module in both sub-6 and mmWave spectrum, we integrated valuable use cases in the WEG Automation plant and can now offer our customers 5G solutions that are reliable, secure, and easy to deploy," said Guilherme Spina, Director, V2COM, a WEG Group company. "5G is key to Industry 4.0 and the future of manufacturing and we are confident that we have the best partners."
"We are pleased to collaborate with Telit on connectivity testing with WEG / V2COM and to expand the use case for 5G IoT within the industrial robotics sector. The Snapdragon X55 5G Modem-RF System is ideally suited for bandwidth-intensive applications such as industrial IoT, and we look forward to further enabling global 5G rollouts with our industry-leading modem-to-antenna solutions," said Gautam Sheoran, senior director, product management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.
"Our 5G private network cooperation with WEG marks yet another major achievement for the FN980 series in 2021," said Dennis Kelly, senior vice president, Americas sales, Telit.