This week, at Hannover Messe in Germany, Microsoft showcasing new “Industry 4.0” innovations that are redefining manufacturing businesses, building new service offerings and creating higher-quality products at lower costs.
In the booth alongside its customers and partners, Microsoft demonstrating the impact and results of digital innovation and leadership that are having real impact, not just proof of concepts.
These solutions use Microsoft technologies such as Windows 10, Azure, Microsoft HoloLens and Surface—and transforming the way manufacturing customers approach their work, reduce costs and increase revenues and comes from Ecolab, Tetra Pak, Daimler, Comau, ICONICS, Sarcos Robotics, Sandvik Coromant, DMG MORI, Jabil, thyssenkrupp, OSIsoft and Rockwell Automation.
For example, technology has empowered Ecolab’s water management division Nalco Water, which helps customers reduce, reuse and recycle up to 100 percent of their water while protecting systems and equipment.
For the manufacturing industry, the company is evolving support of OPC UA, the machine-to-machine communications standard for industrial automation. Building on last year’s OPC UA announcement, the company is making it even easier for manufacturers to use OPC UA to preconfigure factory devices from the cloud with latest Azure IoT Connected Factory solution.
Microsoft also announced “Microsoft IoT Central,” a new software-as-a-service (SaaS) offering that has the potential to dramatically increase the speed manufacturers can innovate and bring new products to market and lower the barriers to creating IoT solutions that generate new revenue opportunities and better experiences for customers.
In addition to our own solutions, Microsoft Azure cloud is compatible with major IoT platforms including ABB Ability, Rockwell Automation and Siemens Mindsphere, giving manufacturers complete choice over the platforms they use.
At Hannover Messe 2017 in Germany, Microsoft showing solutions using new intelligent and IoT technologies. The four solutions shows how humans and machines work together to help alleviate risks in potentially hazardous work environments.
Together with Taqtile, Microsoft developed a new Field Inspection app, powered through Windows 10, HoloLens and Microsoft Cloud, and delivers integrated 3D modeling, predictive maintenance, and inspection for manufacturing, utilities, transportation and oil and gas industries.
In mixed reality, Jabil, and its consulting arm, Radius Innovation & Development, are showing an interactive display that highlight how IoT-enabled product design is giving providers a better way to design infusion devices, which doctors rely on to administer dosages of vital fluids like nutrients and medications to patients.
Trekstor, is introducing a Windows 10 IoT Core based B2B commercial-grade cloud connected wearable that can run Universal Windows Applications.
“The 1.54 inch TrekStor IoT wearable is both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth enabled, has plenty of storage space and has processing power and battery life to perform its line-of-business functions. The wearable can also survive a hard day at work without scratches thanks to the soft casing and Gorilla Glass 3.” writes Microsoft.
The TrekStor IoT Wearable allows various functions to be reported to the right place without any communicative detours, and messages can be transmitted silently in real-time or verbally via voice messages.
Lastly, Sarcos to provide customers a “Robot-as-a-Service” offering, using Microsoft Cognitive Services, Azure IoT Suite, and leverages Windows 10 for tablet controller, to create a unique opportunity to fundamentally transform the safety and efficiency of many industrial tasks around the world.