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AI for industry: Schaeffler and Siemens bring Industrial Copilot to shopfloor

Technology company Siemens is harnessing the power of generative artificial intelligence (AI) to help industrial companies drive innovation and efficiency across the design, engineering, manufacturing and operational lifecycle of products. At the Smart Production Solutions (SPS) trade show in Nuremberg, Siemens and the motion technology company Schaeffler are showcasing a production machine that is augmented with the Industrial Copilot for the first time. The two companies are demonstrating how the Industrial Copilot can augment Siemens’ industrial automation engineering and operation solutions.

Generating automation code with natural language input: Making the workforce more efficient

To support engineers with various automation tasks, the AI-powered assistant is connected to Siemens’ engineering framework Totally Integrated Automation (TIA) Portal via the open API TIA Portal Openness. The Industrial Copilot helps Schaeffler’s automation engineers to generate code faster for programmable logic controllers (PLC), the devices that control most machines throughout the world’s factories. Engineering teams can significantly reduce time, effort, and the probability of errors by generating PLC code through natural language inputs. 

With industrial companies speeding up their automation and digitalization journey, there is an increasing demand for experienced automation engineers to implement these projects. The Siemens Industrial Copilot helps automate repetitive tasks, freeing up engineering resources for higher-value work. It will also empower less-experienced shop-floor employees to grow into engineering roles.

Schaeffler CEO Klaus Rosenfeld said: “Driving the digital transformation is a top priority for Schaeffler and it plays a key role in our company strategy. Generative AI solutions like the Industrial Copilot will speed-up this journey and empower our employees. We partner with Siemens because we are both technology companies, sharing the same vision: Transform the way we operate.“

Finding and fixing errors: Reducing machine downtime

Siemens Industrial Copilot has access to all relevant documentation, guidelines and manuals to assist shopfloor workers with identifying possible errors. These capabilities enable maintenance teams to identify errors and generate step-by-step solutions more quickly. This will help to significantly reduce machine downtime, make industrial companies more efficient and thus support sustainability efforts.

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