Siemens and Microsoft collaboration on AI

Siemens and Microsoft have joined forces to promote the adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) across industries. The partnership was announced during the opening keynote speech of Roland Busch, CEO of Siemens, at CES 2024, where they introduced the Siemens Industrial Copilot. This AI-powered assistant aims to enhance collaboration and productivity between humans and machines in multiple sectors.

The collaboration between Siemens and Microsoft reflects the growing importance of AI technology. The Siemens Industrial Copilot, catered to the manufacturing sector, utilizes Microsoft’s Azure OpenAI Service and Siemens’ Xcelerator digital business platform to transform industrial processes. This innovative creation is set to revolutionize the way industries operate. In addition, Siemens showcased their immersive engineering collaboration with Sony, using XR headsets to visualize engineering designs.

The Industrial Metaverse: Redefining Reality

“Technology is hidden but it’s everywhere. The technology has a name. The industrial metaverse. The industrial metaverse will redefine reality and transform everyday life for everyone.” – Roland Busch, CEO of Siemens.

Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, emphasized the potential of this next generation AI technology to drive innovation across the industrial sector. The collaboration between Siemens and Microsoft combines Microsoft’s AI advances with Siemens’ domain expertise to empower frontline and knowledge workers with new AI-powered tools. The Siemens Industrial Copilot is just the beginning of this transformative journey.

The Impact of AI in Industrial Operations

“Together with Microsoft, our shared vision is to empower customers with the adoption of generative AI. This has the potential to revolutionize the way companies design, develop, manufacture, and operate. Making human-machine collaboration more widely available allows engineers to accelerate code development, increase innovation, and tackle skilled labor shortages.” – Roland Busch, CEO of Siemens.

AI advancements have the potential to significantly speed up manufacturing processes and improve efficiency. Siemens Industrial Copilot streamlines complex automation code generation, optimization, and debugging, reducing weeks of work to mere minutes. The copilot also provides detailed maintenance instructions and natural language interaction with simulation tools, enhancing productivity in industrial operations.

This collaboration goes beyond manufacturing and aims to assist professionals in sectors such as infrastructure, transportation, and healthcare. Early adopters like Schaeffler AG are already utilizing generative AI to enhance engineering phases and reduce downtimes. Siemens believes that the metaverse is not an escape from reality but a space to improve the real world.

The partnership with AWS and Siemens’ involvement in the OpenUSD alliance further amplify the potential of AI in various industries. By joining forces with Microsoft, Siemens is bridging the gap between product design and manufacturing lifecycle functions through the Siemens Teamcenter app for Microsoft Teams. This integration facilitates collaboration and data accessibility for frontline workers and engineering teams.

Siemens will provide more insights into Siemens Industrial Copilot at the upcoming SPS expo in Nuremberg, Germany, in November 2023.

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