Siemens & Google Cloud cooperate on AI manufacturing solutions

April 19, 2021
Partnership aims to enable the scaled deployment of AI-based solutions for industrial manufacturing.

Google Cloud and Siemens announced a cooperation to optimize factory processes and improve productivity on the shop floor. Siemens intends to integrate Google Cloud’s data cloud and artificial intelligence/machine learning (AI/ML) technologies with its factory-automation solutions to help manufacturers innovate for the future. 

By combining 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, claim the partners. This enables applications such as visual inspection of products or predicting the wear-and-tear of machines on the assembly line.

Deploying AI to the shop floor and integrating it into automation and the network is a complex task, requiring highly specialized expertise and innovative products such as Siemens Industrial Edge, the company notes. The goal of the cooperation between Google Cloud and Siemens is to make the deployment of AI in connection with the industrial ddge—and its management at scale— easier, empowering employees as they work on the plant floor, automating mundane tasks, and improving overall quality, per the partners.

“The potential for artificial intelligence to radically transform the plant floor is far from being exhausted. Many manufacturers are still stuck in AI ‘pilot projects’ today—we want to change that,” said Axel Lorenz, VP of control at Factory Automation of Siemens Digital Industries. “Combining AI/ML technology from Google Cloud with Siemens’ solutions for Industrial Edge and industrial operation will be a game-changer for the manufacturing industry.”

“Siemens is a leader in advancing industrial automation and software, and Google Cloud is a leader in data analytics and AI/ML. This cooperation will combine the best of both worlds and bring AI/ML to the manufacturing industry at scale. By simplifying the deployment of AI in industrial use cases, we’re helping employees augment their critical work on the shop floor,” added Dominik Wee, managing director manufacturing and industrial at Google Cloud.