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Siemens, Google Cloud to Collaborate on AI-based Solutions for Industrial Manufacturing

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NUREMBERG, Germany and SUNNYVALE, CA, USA, May 5, 2021 – Google Cloud and Siemens, an innovation and technology leader in industrial automation and software, today announced a new cooperation to optimize factory processes and improve productivity on the shop floor. Siemens intends to integrate Google Cloud's leading data cloud and artificial intelligence/machine learning (AI/ML) technologies with its factory automation solutions to help manufacturers innovate for the future. Siemens and Google Cloud to cooperate to transform manufacturing by enabling scaled deployment of artificial intelligence. Data drives today's industrial processes, but many manufacturers continue to use legacy software and multiple systems to analyze plant information, which is resource-intensive and requires frequent manual updates to ensure accuracy. In addition, while AI projects have been deployed by many companies in "islands" across the plant floor, manufacturers have struggled to implement AI at scale across their global operations.



Revolution On The Siemens Factory Floor

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He is referring to the onset of the fourth industrial revolution, which the World Economic Forum predicted "will fundamentally alter the way we live, work and relate to one another. In its scale, scope and complexity, the transformation will be unlike anything humankind has experienced before." Fueled by advances in artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things and computing speed, businesses -- from auto to aerospace to retail -- are changing the fundamental building blocks of how they operate. By 2030, machine learning could contribute nearly $16 trillion to the global economy, research shows. For Mrosik and Siemens, the revolution is well underway.


Adjusting the Human-Machine Relationship with Industry 4.0

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Science fiction writers describe them as intelligent robots. Industry 4.0 advocates call them autonomous cyber-physical systems. The former often depict them in the worst possible light, as part of their nightmarish visions and dystopian horror stories. From Arthur C. Clarke's HAL to James Cameron's T-800, these AI-powered mechanical monsters have a tendency to use their supernatural strength and intelligence to outwit, outrun and outgun humans. On the other hand, the tech sector tends to view them as the catalyst to exponential productivity growth–the key to automation utopia.


Siemens, Google team to scale cloud AI in manufacturing

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Siemens has teamed with competitor Google Cloud to optimise factory processes and improve productivity on the shop floor with the mass deployment of machine learning applications. Siemens already has an industrial IoT cloud called Mindsphere but it intends to integrate Google Cloud's data cloud and artificial intelligence/machine learning (AI/ML) technologies with its factory automation systems. Many industrial manufacturers continue to use legacy software and multiple systems to analyze plant information, which is resource-intensive and requires frequent manual updates to ensure accuracy. In addition, while AI projects have been deployed by many companies in "islands" across the plant floor, manufacturers have struggled to implement AI at scale across their global operations. The combination of Google Cloud's data cloud and AI/ML capabilities with Siemens' Digital Industries Factory Automation portfolio, manufacturers will be able to harmonize their factory data, run cloud-based AI/ML models on top of that data, and deploy algorithms at the network edge.