MUNICH – Microsoft and Siemens are deepening their partnership by bringing the benefits of generative AI to industries worldwide.
As a first step, the companies are introducing Siemens Industrial Copilot, an AI-powered jointly developed assistant aimed at improving human-machine collaboration in manufacturing. In addition, the launch of the integration between Siemens Teamcenter software for product lifecycle management and Microsoft Teams will further pave the way to enabling the industrial metaverse. It will simplify virtual collaboration of design engineers, frontline workers, and other teams across business functions.
“With this next generation of AI, we have a unique opportunity to accelerate innovation across the entire industrial sector,” said Satya Nadella, Chairman and CEO, Microsoft. “We’re building on our longstanding collaboration with Siemens and bringing together AI advances across the Microsoft Cloud with Siemens’ industrial domain expertise to empower both frontline and knowledge workers with new, AI-powered tools, starting with Siemens Industrial Copilot.”
“Together with Microsoft, our shared vision is to empower customers with the adoption of generative AI,” says Roland Busch, CEO of Siemens AG. “This has the potential to revolutionize the way companies design, develop, manufacture, and operate. Making human-machine collaboration more widely available allows engineers to accelerate code development, increase innovation and tackle skilled labor shortages.”
A new era of human-machine collaboration
Siemens Industrial Copilot will allow users to rapidly generate, optimize and debug complex automation code, and significantly shorten simulation times. This will reduce a task that previously took weeks to minutes. The copilot ingests automation and process simulation information from Siemens’ open digital business platform, Siemens Xcelerator, and enhances it with Microsoft’s Azure OpenAI Service. Customers maintain full control over their data, and it is not used to train underlying AI models.
Siemens Industrial Copilot promises to boost productivity and efficiency across the industrial lifecycle. Using natural language, maintenance staff can be assisted with detailed repair instructions and engineers with quick access to simulation tools.
The vision: Copilots for all industries
The companies envision AI copilots assisting professionals in various industries, including manufacturing, infrastructure, transportation, and healthcare. Numerous copilots are already planned in the manufacturing sectors, such as automotive, consumer package goods and machine building.
Schaeffler AG, a leading automotive supplier, is among the first in the automotive industry to embrace generative AI in the engineering phase. This helps its engineers to generate reliable code for programming industrial automation systems such as robots. In addition, the company intends to incorporate Siemens Industrial Copilot during their own operations, aiming to significantly reduce downtimes, and also for their clients at a later stage.
”With this joint pilot, we’re stepping into a new age of productivity and innovation. 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,” says Klaus Rosenfeld, CEO of Schaeffler Group.
Generative AI facilitates virtual collaboration
To bring virtual collaboration across teams to the next level, Teamcenter for Microsoft Teams will be generally available beginning December 2023. This new app uses the latest advances in generative AI to connect functions across the product design and manufacturing lifecycle such as frontline workers to engineering teams. It connects Siemens’ Teamcenter software for product lifecycle management (PLM) with Microsoft’s collaboration platform Teams to make data more accessible for factory and field service workers. This will enable millions of workers who do not have access to PLM tools today to contribute to the design and manufacturing process more easily as part of their daily work.
HAWTHORNE, CA – OSI Systems, Inc. (the “Company” or “OSI Systems”) (NASDAQ: OSIS) today announced that its Optoelectronics and Manufacturing division has received orders totaling approximately $5 million to provide electronic assemblies to a leading technology OEM. The Company plans to use its operations in the United Kingdom to fulfill these orders.
OSI Systems’ Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Deepak Chopra, commented, “We are pleased with this award and look forward to continue supporting this OEM.”
INGLESIDE, IL – IDENTCO – a manufacturer of high-performance labeling solutions for the power equipment, electronics, transportation, and general industrial sector – has hired longtime materials supply executive Brian Kady as Vice President of Global Sales. He officially joined the company on November 20, and will oversee IDENTCO’s far-reaching sales efforts in the company’s four distinct business units. Mr. Kady also is responsible for sales activities for Reliance Label Solutions, another company under the Industrial Labels Holdings Corp flag.
Most recently, Mr. Kady served as Vice President of Sales at Pregis Polymask, where he drove double-digit sales growth for the protective films company. Before that, he gained ample adhesives and coatings experience during tenures with both Avery and 3M, two of the largest entities in that sector. He also has served as Director of Sales – Performance Adhesives Group for Ohio-based Mactac.
Mr. Kady joins IDENTCO at a promising time. The company has been steadily adding to its extensive portfolio of labeling solutions, which it designs, manufactures and supplies for demanding sectors such as automotive components, electronics applications, industrial machinery & tools, and commercial transportation. In addition, IDENTCO recently introduced VortexID, an automated wire marking system whose throughput and durability set new industry benchmarks.
“Brian is a people-first yet results-driven business development executive with a track record of expanding revenue growth and extending market share,” said Brad Zechman, CEO of IDENTCO. “As IDENTCO continues to bolster and broaden our solutions portfolio across each of our four main business units, Brian’s industry experience and leadership qualities will be a tremendous asset.”
Mr. Kady earned an MBA from Walsh College in Troy, Michigan, and a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant, MI.
SUWANEE, GA – ASMPT has appointed Ramon Hernandez as Country Manager for Mexico. Ramon Hernandez has many years of experience in the electronics assembly industry in various roles including General Manager.
Ramon Hernandez holds a Master's Degree in Strategic Direction in Quality from the Universidad de Guadalajara, Mexico and a Bachelor's Degree in Computer and Electronic Engineering from the Centro de Ensenanza Tecnica Industrial, Guadalajara, Mexico.
Mr. Hernandez has 23 years of experience in the electronics industry. After acquiring technical knowledge in the early years, he quickly grew into the role of a salesman, learning about test, inspection, AOI systems, SMT and other technologies from distributors, agents and manufacturers. He has developed strategies to make the Mexican business a significant revenue contributor for the Americas region and has gained greater involvement in global equipment and process decisions. As Global Account Corporate Manager, he worked to retain and follow up on key accounts and worked closely with corporate to improve technologies.
Mr. Hernandez is recognised as a leader with a great blend of sales expertise, strong technical knowledge, remarkable negotiation skills and a warm, welcoming personality.
WINDACH, GERMANY – DELO Industrial Adhesives, a Germany-based, globally present adhesives manufacturer, has begun its foray into medical electronics applications. The company plans to apply its advanced adhesives, miniaturization, and raw materials expertise to the development of medical technologies such as glucose monitoring patches, biosensors, and microfluidics, as well as to produce new medical-grade adhesives for future customers’ specific applications and requirements.
The medical electronics industry is a rapidly evolving sector, with new and innovative ways to give patients state-of-the-art care to stay on top of their health. Wearable electronics have particularly become a stronghold in this sector, with smart watches coming with integrated health-focused capabilities such as heart rate monitoring, step counting and fall detection. These features and much more demonstrate how medical and consumer electronics industries have begun to merge.
As a leading manufacturer of bonding materials, DELO has long partnered with some of the largest companies in the semiconductor and consumer electronics industries. With its stronger focus on medical electronics, the company sees a new opportunity to help customers forge innovations as it has in other sectors. One such innovation is lab-on-chip technology, which uses semiconductors to detect and monitor the development of diseases. DELO will be able to contribute here with its extensive knowledge in optoelectronics and miniaturization.
“We not only have cutting-edge adhesives with a sharply increasing number of medical certifications for non-cytotoxic products,” said managing director Dr. Karl Bitzer. “For our future customers, we will also release more specialized medical-grade products and, more importantly, bring our semicon manufacturing, miniaturization, and equipment expertise to market, enabling and supporting our customers to develop astonishing new products, scaling up production and efficiently mass-manufacture them.”
BERLIN – SEMI today announced the SEMI Leadership Accelerator to foster industry growth by assisting organizations in cultivating the next generation of leaders. This initiative will support semiconductor supply chain organizations in evaluating high-potential employees, offering personalized leadership coaching, and delivering tailored training for individual and team development. Developed in a collaboration between SEMI Europe and Mercuri Urval, the SEMI Leadership Accelerator provides science-based, ISO-certified programs, empowering senior leaders, executives, and board members to navigate global challenges, drive business transformation, and achieve sustained growth in the semiconductor sector.
With Europe projected to need 350,000 new workers in the semiconductor industry by 2030, Laith Altimime, President of SEMI Europe, emphasized the imperative for cultivating leaders capable of navigating the complexities of the semiconductor industry. “The semiconductor industry must further develop diverse leaders who can reshape businesses in a complex and fast-changing world of uncertainty. The growing number of job vacancies in Europe’s semiconductor sector risks undercutting its growth potential as companies expand manufacturing capacities. It is essential for leaders in the industry to unlearn outdated approaches and prepare for unforeseen challenges. The SEMI Leadership Accelerator will facilitate this transformative process.”
Mercuri Urval, is a global leadership advisory firm with over 50 years of experience, an extensive global presence, and specialized knowledge across industry sectors. Methodically crafted, semiconductor industry-specific programs tailored by Mercuri Urval and leveraging SEMI’s extensive industry insights and network, will enable the SEMI Leadership Accelerator to address leadership development needs, empowering companies to identify and nurture leaders internally.
Learn more about the SEMI Leadership Accelerator by contacting SEMI Europe at email@example.com