Collaborative effort will draw more partners to develop cloud-based automated and integrated heavy manufacturing systems
Microsoft is teaming with German luxury carmaker BMW to develop an Open Manufacturing Platform (OMP) that will create
The Lowdown: Microsoft is leading the initiative with BMW that will draw in more collaborative partners before the end of 2019 and result in the production of new use cases and reference architectures for deploying industrial IoT systems and manufacturing automation processes.
The Details: The Microsoft-BMW collaboration on the OMP is a natural fit given that the two companies already work together in the cloud. BMW, which has more than 3,000 robotic and autonomous systems in its manufacturing operation, is a user of the Microsoft Azure IoT cloud platform. The OMP seeks to put gigabytes of data generated by industrial IoT systems to better use in improving processes, management, and cost efficiency.
The Impact: The OMP initiative is one of several efforts across the technology and manufacturing sectors to leverage cloud computing and IoT technology to improve manufacturing processes through smart systems. The goal is to create more efficient and cost-effective manufacturing to reduce waste, speed time to market, and improve quality.
Background: Microsoft is working with several non-IT companies in the development of new smart systems. It’s working with supermarket giant Kroger in the development of
The Buzz: “Microsoft is joining forces with the BMW Group to transform digital production efficiency across the industry,” said Scott Guthrie, executive vice president of the Microsoft Cloud + AI Group. “Our commitment to building an open community will create new opportunities for collaboration across the entire manufacturing value chain.”
Channelnomics Point of View: Smart manufacturing — enabled by cloud computing, artificial intelligence, and IoT devices — will revolutionize the production and distribution of durable goods and could lead to “mass customization” of finished products. Systems will require tremendous expert support through managed and professional services, opening new opportunities for smart solution providers.