Chinese Manufacturers Pull Their Weight with Industrial 5G
In January 2020, Haier’s Interconnected Refrigerator Factory in Shenyang, China became its second factory to be recognized as a “manufacturing lighthouse” by the World Economic Forum (WEF) after its Commercial-AC (CAC) Interconnected Factory in Qingdao, China was crowned in September 2018. The “manufacturing lighthouses” are manufacturers identified by the WEF to be early adopters and successful models of Industry 4.0 transformations. Haier was the first and only Chinese business to be included in this list in 2018, but is joined by three other Chinese companies in the latest 2020 edition. Currently, there are 44 factories on the list.
Recently, Huawei and China Mobile deployed their 5G Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC) solution in Haier’s Qingdao CAC Interconnected Factory and are expanding this rollout into other Haier factories such as the Shenyang Interconnected Refrigerator Factory. Its most recent Proof of Concept (PoC) for 5G MEC smart factory use cases was discussed at the 5G MEC Summit in the 2019 Global Mobile B…
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