Microsoft Showcases Modern Manufacturing at Hannover Messe 2017

HANNOVER, GERMANY (APRIL 24, 2017) – Today, Microsoft and partner companies put modern manufacturing solutions on display at Hannover Messe 2017, the world’s biggest industrial fair. The company displayed how the synergy between man and machine, artificial intelligence and machine learning are digitally transforming the manufacturing industry.

The role of robots in modern manufacturing was put on display at the event, with partner exhibits showcasing how through AI and machine learning, collaborative robots and intelligent drones can be complementary to human labour. With data and intelligent insights from machines that can learn processes, employees can use that data to eliminate monotonous tasks, solve problems faster and produce better financial outcomes. The combination of humans and intelligent machines is creating a hybrid workforce that is allowing manufacturing companies to tackle some of their toughest challenges.

Examples on display in the Microsoft booth included:

• Comau, a member of the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) group, showed how it is using Microsoft HoloLens to control a robot that assembles small components in the automotive manufacturing environment to make the invisible visible. It is also using HoloLens to monitor factory machines, giving manufacturers a new way to interact with data on the factory floor via natural gestures and hands-free operation.

• Robotics company Sarcos is collaborating with Microsoft to offer customers a robot-as-a-service to improve the safety and efficiency of many industrial tasks. Because more than 8 million people are injured or killed on the job each year in the U.S. alone, Sarcos is designing robots that can perform tasks that humans find too dangerous or difficult. The company’s Guardian 5 – Snake Robot can be tele-operated from miles away as it crawls through narrow culverts, pipes and storage tanks or traverses other difficult terrain.

• Microsoft customers including Tetra Pak and ThyssenKrupp Elevator showed how they are creating “digital twins” — or virtual models of products and processes that simulate real world conditions using HoloLens and artificial intelligence.

• Ecolab’s water treatment division is using Microsoft AI and machine learning technology to help manufacturers reduce water usage in their production processes. Analyzing water use data collected from sensors in thousands of facilities around the world, Ecolab develops detailed recommendations and then shares them with customers to help them save water.

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Microsoft’s Customers and Partners Demonstrate Innovation at Hannover Messe 2017

Microsoft and partners display how humans and machines work together, artificial intelligence, and modern manufacturing at Hannover Messe 2017

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Today, Microsoft and partner companies put modern manufacturing solutions on display at Hannover Messe 2017, the world’s biggest industrial fair. The company displayed how the synergy between man and machine, artificial intelligence and machine learning are digitally transforming the manufacturing industry.

The role of robots in modern manufacturing was put on display at the event, with partner exhibits showcasing how through AI and machine learning, collaborative robots and intelligent drones can be complementary to human labor. With data and intelligent insights from machines that can learn processes, employees can use that data to eliminate monotonous tasks, solve problems faster and produce better financial outcomes. The combination of humans and intelligent machines is creating a hybrid workforce that is allowing manufacturing companies to tackle some of their toughest challenges.

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Examples on display in the Microsoft booth included:

• Comau, a member of the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) group, showed how it is using Microsoft HoloLens to control a robot that assembles small components in the automotive manufacturing environment to make the invisible visible. It is also using HoloLens to monitor factory machines, giving manufacturers a new way to interact with data on the factory floor via natural gestures and hands-free operation.

• Robotics company Sarcos is collaborating with Microsoft to offer customers a robot-as-a-service to improve the safety and efficiency of many industrial tasks. Because more than 8 million people are injured or killed on the job each year in the U.S. alone, Sarcos is designing robots that can perform tasks that humans find too dangerous or difficult. The company’s Guardian 5 – Snake Robot can be tele-operated from miles away as it crawls through narrow culverts, pipes and storage tanks or traverses other difficult terrain.

• Microsoft customers including Tetra Pak and ThyssenKrupp Elevator showed how they are creating “digital twins” — or virtual models of products and processes that simulate real world conditions using HoloLens and artificial intelligence.

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Ecolab’s water treatment division is using Microsoft AI and machine learning technology to help manufacturers reduce water usage in their production processes. Analyzing water use data collected from sensors in thousands of facilities around the world, Ecolab develops detailed recommendations and then shares them with customers to help them save water.

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Microsoft Booth @ Hannover Messe 2017 B-Roll

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