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5G wireless technology to improve composite productivity and efficiency

News International-French

11 Mar 2020

Plataine has been announced as one of 11 industry partners to join the UK Government’s 5G-ENCODE project that will deliver a private 5G network at the National Composites Centre in Bristol, UK.

Plataine has been announced as one of 11 industry partners to join the UK Government’s 5G-ENCODE project that will deliver a private 5G network at the National Composites Centre in Bristol, UK.

Plataine has been announced as one of 11 industry partners to join the UK Government’s 5G-ENCODE project that will deliver a private 5G network at the National Composites Centre in Bristol, UK.

5G-ENCODE will examine industrial use cases and value propositions for the practical application of 5G wireless technology to upgrade composite design and production processes at UK manufacturers – delivering radical productivity and efficiency improvements. To support the project, Plataine will implement its AI (Artificial Intelligence)-based Industrial IoT solution that allows full material and asset tracking, predictive alerts and optimized recommendations.

Plataine was selected due to its unique global experience at applying IIoT solutions to composites manufacturing processes, for customers as diverse as Airbus and Renault F1 Team. At the National Composites Centre, Plataine will implement its AI-based Digital Assistants, integrated with a locally deployed sensor network, to deliver comprehensive material shelf-life tracking, management and optimization capabilities.

Dr. Enrique Garcia, CTO at the NCC
Dr. Enrique Garcia, CTO at the NCC said:

“As world-leaders in composite research, the NCC provides beyond state-of-the-art capabilities for industry. An industrial scale 5G test bed at the NCC will showcase a step change in security, reliability and connectivity, providing companies of all sizes a risk-free environment to evaluate and capitalise on the capabilities offered by 5G. The test bed is part our wider Digital Engineering strategy in the West of England which will form a national asset to catapult the application of digital technologies into the engineering sector. This programme affords us and our industrial partners a unique opportunity to collaborate with prominent experts in the telecommunication, digital and software industry. We are delighted to be a part of such a rare multi sectoral consortium.”

The solution will automatically track time-sensitive raw materials, predict remaining exposure time and optimally select the most appropriate material for each job at hand; minimizing waste and ensuring production deadlines are met, while maintaining full traceability of the products’ Digital Thread. In addition, automated real-time tool tracking ensures production schedules are no longer disrupted by lost tools, and AI-based Digital Assistants offer predictive quality alerts, actionable insights and real-time maintenance recommendations to staff.

Avner Ben-Bassat, President and CEO of Plataine

Avner Ben-Bassat, President and CEO of Plataine, adds:

“The 5G-ENCODE project will apply 5G-enabled technologies to manufacturing, integrated with Plataine’s Digitization and AI solutions to improve efficiency with industrial systems management. Automating and optimizing manufacturing is absolutely at the core of Plataine’s offering, and we are very excited to be working on this ground-breaking project.”

 

About the 5G-ENCODE project:
The project will investigate three key industrial 5G use cases to improve productivity and effectiveness of composite design and manufacture.

  • The first use case is to improve training and maintenance in composite manufacture using interactive augmented reality (AR).
  • The second use case addresses the challenge of tracking time-critical assets across multiple sites and locations indoor and outdoor, and potentially across national borders. Network splicing™ will be a key enabling technology in supporting this use case.
  • The final use case will leverage 5G’s ultra-reliable low latency communications (URLLC) to manage industrial systems that are more responsive than current network technology allows, preventing wastage in manufacturing.

Each of these use cases has the potential to save hundreds of millions of pounds across the UK manufacturing sector and increasing productivity.

The 5G-ENCODE project will start in February 2020 and will run until March 2022.