This Wednesday, the two technology companies presented the “Siemens Industrial Copilot”, an assistant based on generative artificial intelligence (AI), designed to improve human-machine collaboration and increase productivity in manufacturing industries, infrastructure, transport and healthcare.

The goal is to simplify virtual collaboration for design engineers, production line operators and other teams across all business functions.

Furthermore, the agreement between the German Siemens and the North American Microsoft covers the integration of the Teamcenter software, for product lifecycle management, and Teams, which will contribute to further enhancing the industrial metaverse. It will be available later this month.

Teamcenter uses the latest advances in generative AI to connect functions across the product design and manufacturing lifecycle, such as production line operators and engineering teams – for example, it connects Siemens' Teamcenter software for management from product lifecycle (PLM) to Microsoft's Teams collaboration platform to make data more accessible to workers in factories and those in the field. This will allow millions of workers, who currently do not have access to PLM tools, to more easily contribute to the design and manufacturing process as part of their daily work.

Copilots for all industries

Siemens Industrial Copilot will quickly generate, optimize and debug complex automation codes, significantly reducing programming and simulation times. This will reduce the time spent on a task that previously took weeks, to just a few minutes.

The copilot receives information about process automation and simulation from Siemens Xcelerator, Siemens' open digital business platform, and improves them through Microsoft's Azure OpenAI Service. Customers retain full control over their data, which is not used to train underlying AI models.

It was created to increase productivity and efficiency across the entire industrial life cycle. By using natural language, maintenance teams can be supported with detailed repair instructions and engineers have quick access to simulation tools.

AI copilots will help professionals in various areas, such as production, infrastructure, transport and healthcare, and are already being planned for manufacturing sectors such as automobiles, consumer packaged goods and machine building.

Schaeffler AG, a leading automotive supplier, is one of the first in the automotive industry to adopt generative AI at the engineering stage. This helps your engineers generate reliable lines of code for programming industrial automation systems, such as robots. Furthermore, the company intends to incorporate Siemens Industrial Copilot into its own operations in order to significantly reduce downtime, and subsequently expand its use to its customers.

“As Microsoft and Siemens are technologically complementary companies and have a strong presence in the Portuguese market, it is with great expectation that we look to the development of this partnership in the local market, with the aim of contributing to a more efficient, productive and resilient industrial sector” , highlights Fernando Silva, CEO of Siemens Portugal.

Source: Siemens