The partnership will see the integration of Siemens’ factory automation solutions with Google Cloud’s data cloud and AI/machine learning technologies
Industrial automation and software company Siemens has partnered with Google Cloud to develop artificial intelligence (AI)-based solutions for manufacturing processes.
The partnership will develop solutions to optimise factory processes and improve productivity on the shop floor.
Siemens plans to integrate its factory automation solutions with Google Cloud’s data cloud and AI/machine learning technologies.
The integrated solutions are expected to help manufacturers innovate for the future.
Google Cloud manufacturing and industrial managing director Dominik Wee 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’re helping employees augment their critical work on the shop floor.”
The partnership is expected to enable manufacturers to harmonise their factory data, by combining Google Cloud’s data cloud and AI/ML capabilities with Siemens’ Digital Industries Factory Automation portfolio.
Also, the solutions allow them to run cloud-based AI/ML models on top of that data and deploy algorithms at the network edge.
The integrated solutions are expected to enable visual inspection of products or predicting the wear-and-tear of machines on the assembly line and other applications.
The partnership between Google Cloud and Siemens will also work towards simplifying the deployment of AI in connection with the Siemens Industrial Edge, given the complexity involved in deploying AI to the shop floor and integrating it into automation and the network.
According to Siemens, making the deployment easy will help employees while work on the plant floor, automating mundane tasks, and improving overall quality.
Siemens Digital Industries factory automation control VP Axel Lorenz said: “The potential for artificial intelligence 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 game-changer for the manufacturing industry.”