The Consortium, led by Worcestershire County Council and the Worcestershire Local Economic Partnership (LEP), received the award at the recent 5G Realised Event in London. Mazak was chosen as part of the consortium thanks to its pioneering work implementing Industry 4.0 design principles into its array of machine tools and CNC technology.

As part of a trial, Mazak used an augmented reality (AR) app designed to provide field service engineers with remote support. The AR app helps engineers to measure end-to-end speed and latency, and gain an insight into the future potential of 5G for industry.

Tim Gane, business systems director at Yamazaki Mazak UK, says: “To be recognised with this award reflects the important work taking place in Worcestershire to develop the UK’s 5G network. 5G represents a tremendous opportunity to further accelerate productivity growth, and enable even quicker data transfer and analysis for manufacturers. With potential speeds of up to 10 Gb per second, 5G will be the industry standard for connectivity in the future.”