Siemens and Microsoft are employing generative AI to increase efficiency across the design, engineering, manufacturing, and operational lifecycle of products. The companies are integrating Siemens’ Teamcenter software for product lifecycle management (PLM) with the Microsoft Teams messaging and collaboration platform. The integration will also include the language models in Azure OpenAI Service, as well as other Azure AI capabilities.
At this month’s Hannover Messe trade fair, the companies demonstrated how generative AI can improve factory automation and operations through AI-powered software development, problem reporting, and visual quality inspection. The Teamcenter app for Microsoft Teams, anticipated later in 2023, allows engineers and frontline workers to quickly solve challenges together. Through the Azure OpenAI Service, the app can parse informal speech data and create a summarized report. With Teamcenter for Microsoft Teams, millions of workers who do not have access to PLM tools can impact the design and manufacturing process more easily.
The two companies also demonstrated how OpenAI’s ChatGPT and other Azure AI services can help software developers and automation engineers create code for programmable logic controllers (PLCs) faster and with fewer errors using natural language inputs. Additionally, with Microsoft Azure Machine Learning and Siemens’ Industrial Edge tools, images captured by cameras and videos can be analyzed by machine learning systems and used to build, deploy, run, and monitor AI vision models on the factory floor.
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