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Siemens and Google Cloud to cooperate on AI-based manufacturing solutions

Posted on 29 Apr 2021 and read 688 times
Siemens and Google Cloud to cooperate on AI-based manufacturing solutionsGoogle Cloud and Siemens, an innovation and technology leader in industrial automation and software, have announced a new cooperation agreement to optimise factory processes and improve productivity on the shopfloor.

Siemens intends to integrate Google Cloud’s leading data cloud and artificial intelligence/machine learning (AI/ML) technologies with its factory automation solutions to help manufacturers innovate for the future.

Data drives today’s industrial processes, but many manufacturers continue to use legacy software and multiple systems to analyse plant information, which is resource-intensive and requires frequent manual updates to ensure accuracy.

In addition, while AI projects have been deployed by many companies in “islands” across the plant floor, manufacturers have struggled to implement AI at scale across their global operations.

For more than 170 years, Siemens has built its business on pioneering technologies that have led the manufacturing industry forward.

By combining Google Cloud’s data cloud and AI/ML capabilities with Siemens’ Digital Industries Factory Automation portfolio, manufacturers will be able to harmonise their factory data, run cloud-based AI/ML models on top of that data, and deploy algorithms at the network edge.

This enables applications such as visual inspection of products or predicting the wear-and-tear of machines on the assembly line.

Deploying AI to the shopfloor and integrating it into automation and the network is a complex task, requiring highly specialised expertise and innovative products such as Siemens Industrial Edge.

The goal of the cooperation between Google Cloud and Siemens is to make the deployment of AI in connection with the Industrial Edge – and its management at scale - easier, empowering employees as they work on the plant floor, automating mundane tasks, and improving overall quality.

Axel Lorenz, Siemens Digital Industries VP of control at factory automation, said: “The potential for AI to radically transform the plant floor is far from being exhausted. Many manufacturers are still stuck in AI ‘pilot projects’ today – we want to change that.

“Combining AI/ML technology from Google Cloud with Siemens’ solutions for Industrial Edge and industrial operation will be a gamechanger for the manufacturing industry.”

Dominik Wee, Google Cloud managing director (manufacturing and industrial), said: “Siemens is a leader in advancing industrial automation and software, and Google Cloud is a leader in data analytics and AI/ML. This cooperation will combine the best of both worlds and bring AI/ML to the manufacturing industry at scale.

“By simplifying the deployment of AI in industrial use cases, we are helping employees augment their critical work on the shopfloor.”