Machines that autonomously detect when they need spare parts. Production systems that run their own quality control during operation, reducing inspection outlays. Robots that autonomously recognize and move components. Scenarios like these are gradually becoming a reality in industrial production.
They’re founded on future technologies like artificial intelligence (AI) and edge computing. These offer immense opportunities for the discrete and process industries because they open up new business models and productivity potential. This makes them indispensable to ensure industrial companies’ competitiveness in the world of tomorrow.
Data as the foundation for new technologies
The technologies of the future will be founded on the availability of data. And those data are becoming available in abundance, thanks to the digital transformation of industry. Digital solutions like Siemens’ Digital Enterprise portfolio are already reflecting every step in industrial production – from a product’s design, to its production, to its use – in virtual form, with what’s known as a digital twin.