Siemens and Microsoft say they are harnessing the collaborative power of generative artificial intelligence by integrating Siemens’ Teamcenter PLM software with Microsoft’s Teams collaboration platform.
With the new Teamcenter app for Microsoft Teams, anticipated to launch later in 2023, the companies are looking to assist design engineers and shop floor workers close feedback loops faster and solve challenges together. For example, service engineers or production operatives can use mobile devices to document and report product design or quality concerns using natural speech.
Through Azure OpenAI Service, the app can parse that informal speech data, automatically creating a summarised report and routing it within Teamcenter to the appropriate design, engineering or manufacturing expert.
To foster inclusion, workers can record their observations in their preferred languages which is then translated into the official company language with Microsoft Azure AI.
Microsoft Teams offers user-friendly features like push notifications to simplify workflow approvals, reduce the time it takes to request design changes and speed up innovation cycles. The Teamcenter app for Microsoft Teams can enable millions of workers who do not have access to PLM tools today to impact the design and manufacturing process more easily as part of their existing workflows.
Further to this, Siemens and Microsoft will be showcasing other collaborative technologies at Hanover Messe from 17 April, including Industrial AI featuring Microsoft Azure Machine Learning and Siemens’ Industrial Edge, that will use images captured by cameras and videos can be analysed by machine learning systems and used to build, deploy, run and monitor AI vision models on the shop floor.
“The integration of AI into technology platforms will profoundly change how we work and how every business operates,” said Scott Guthrie, executive VP, Cloud + AI, Microsoft.
“With Siemens, we are bringing the power of AI to more industrial organizations, enabling them to simplify workflows, overcome silos and collaborate in more inclusive ways to accelerate customer-centric innovation.”