Siemens has teamed with Microsoft in an industrial copilot using generative AI to be piloted by Schaeffler for automotive manufacturing.
The Siemens Industrial Copilot is aimed at improving human-machine collaboration in manufacturing, allowing engineers to rapidly generate, optimize and debug complex automation code, and significantly shorten simulation times. This will reduce a task that previously took weeks to minutes.
The copilot ingests automation and process simulation information from the Siemens Xcelerator tools and enhances it with Microsoft’s Azure OpenAI Service which used the GPT AI framework. Customers maintain full control over their data, and it is not used to train underlying AI models.
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Schaeffler, which owns Continental and is buying the rest of Vitesco, is among the first to use generative AI in the engineering phase. This helps its engineers to generate reliable code for programming industrial automation systems such as robots. In addition, the company intends to incorporate the Siemens Industrial Copilot during their own operations, aiming to significantly reduce downtimes, and also for their clients at a later stage.
”With this joint pilot, we’re stepping into a new age of productivity and innovation. This Siemens Industrial Copilot will help our team work more efficiently, reduce repetitive tasks, and unleash creativity. We’re excited to partner with Siemens and Microsoft on this project”. Klaus Rosenfeld, CEO of the Schaeffler Group.
Siemens Industrial Copilot can also be used by maintenance staff to help with detailed repair instructions and engineers with quick access to simulation tools.
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“With this next generation of AI, we have a unique opportunity to accelerate innovation across the entire industrial sector,” said Satya Nadella, Chairman and CEO, Microsoft. “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.”
“Together with Microsoft, our shared vision is to empower customers with the adoption of generative AI,” says Roland Busch, CEO of Siemens AG. “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 labour shortages.”
Siemens will share more details on the Industrial Copilot at the SPS expo in Nuremberg, Germany, later this month.
The copilot will be used to build additional copilots for manufacturing, infrastructure, transportation, and healthcare industries and numerous copilots are already planned in the manufacturing sectors, such as automotive, consumer package goods and machine building.
The technology is being integrated into the Siemens Teamcenter app for Microsoft Teams will be generally available in December 2023 and accelerate innovation across the product lifecycle. This will connect functions across the product design and manufacturing lifecycle such as frontline workers to engineering teams and connects Siemens’ Teamcenter for product lifecycle management (PLM) with Teams to make data more accessible for factory and field service workers.