Microsoft and Siemens have announced a plan to further their collaboration. The partnership primarily centers around generative artificial intelligence (AI) and its established industrial applications across the globe. Both companies are jointly launching the Siemens Industrial Copilot, an artificial intelligence assistant that is anticipated to optimize manufacturing capabilities and revolutionize the realm of human-machine collaboration.
Using Microsoft's Azure OpenAI service, the Siemens Industrial Copilot will tap into Siemens' established industrial expertise and employ data sourced from its Xcelerator platform. The AI assistant will break new ground in automation by enabling swift generation, optimization, and debugging of intricate automation code through natural language interactions. According to the allies, the novel approach would curtail simulation processes from weeks down to mere minutes, significantly improving productivity.
Automaker Schaeffler to Adopt AI Copilot
The Siemens Industrial Copilot is set to provide users with the ability to generate, optimize, and debug complex automation code effectively and considerably reduce simulation times. Automaker Schaeffler Group has pledged to be among the early adopters of this AI copilot, utilizing it to facilitate efficient and reliable robot programming code for its engineers.
Integration of Siemens Teamcenter with Microsoft Teams
The partnership also includes integration of Siemens' Teamcenter product lifecycle management software with Microsoft Teams. The motive behind this integration is to make product data more accessible to an estimated number of millions of factory and service workers who currently do not have access to product lifecycle management (PLM). The application utilizes generative AI to link various functions like frontline workers to engineering design teams virtually.
In a statement, Satya Nadella, Chairman and CEO of Microsoft, said, “With this next generation of AI, we have a unique opportunity to accelerate innovation across the entire industrial sector. We're building on our longstanding collaboration with Siemens and bringing together AI advances across the Microsoft Cloud with Siemens' industrial domain expertise to empower both frontline and knowledge workers with new, AI-powered tools, starting with Siemens Industrial Copilot.”
The companies are now looking forward to the potential of extending their AI copilot model to support diverse sectors including manufacturing, infrastructure, transportation, and healthcare.