Microsoft and Siemens partner to launch new industrial AI copilot

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In the last couple of months, Microsoft has been hard at work trying to integrate AI into its products and services. Now, working with Siemens, Microsoft has launched a new industrial AI copilot aimed at optimizing operations within the sector.

Dubbed Siemens Industrial Copilot, the primary goal of this AI is to streamline operations by writing, refining, and debugging complex automation code. Furthermore, through the integration of Siemens’ digital platform, Siemens Xcelerator, with Microsoft’s Azure OpenAI Service, the AI copilot can significantly reduce simulation times from weeks to mere minutes, thus saving significant time and resources.

In addition to aiding in coding tasks, the AI can provide maintenance staff with detailed repair instructions and grant engineers quick access to simulation tools. However, it is important to note that both Siemens and Microsoft have committed to not using any customer data to train their AI models.

“Making human-machine collaboration more widely available allows engineers to accelerate code development, increase innovation, and tackle skilled labor shortages,” said Roland Busch, CEO of Siemens AG.

Use cases of the AI copilot

Although the AI might look like a different version of ChatGPT, Microsoft argues that it has the potential to revolutionize various industries, including manufacturing and healthcare. Furthermore, companies such as Schaeffler AG are already using the copilot to help in the code-writing process for their robotic systems.

”With this joint pilot, we’re stepping into a new age of productivity. 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,” said Klaus Rosenfeld, CEO of Schaeffler AG.

In addition to the copilot, both Siemens and Microsoft are collaborating on an integration between Siemens Teamcenter and Microsoft Teams, which will use AI to ease communication across various departments. However, it is important to note that Siemens plans to reveal further details about the copilot and the Teams integration at the upcoming SPS Expo in Nuremberg, Germany.