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Siemens Partners with NEC to Deliver AI Monitoring and Analysis Solution to Accelerate Digitization in Manufacturing Industry
March 13, 2020 News

 

Siemens announced a partnership with NEC to develop a monitoring and analysis solution for manufacturing that connects MindSphere®, the cloud-based, open Internet of Things (IoT) operating system from Siemens, and NEC’s System Invariant Analysis Technology (SIAT). As part of the agreement, NEC is joining the MindSphere Partner Program, which can provide NEC with access to specialised technical training and support from Siemens as well as a number of joint go-to-market capabilities.

With the acceleration of digitalisation and the spread of IoT in recent years, the safety, efficiency, maintenance and product quality of systems are being visualised and analysed based on data collected from a large number of sensors installed in different locations, such as plant systems, manufacturing lines and factories. However, it is necessary to systemise data collection, storage, monitoring, analysis and other processes in order to utilise sensor data. Furthermore, unique know-how, such as knowledge about IoT systems and data analysis, is required to construct such a system, making it difficult for customers to construct by themselves.

Work processes in the manufacturing industry especially are often based on the expertise of each plant or individual. Therefore, the loss of know-how due to the retirement of skilled personnel and lack of staff poses a serious challenge.

Siemens and NEC have enhanced their products to allow greater visualisation and analysis of sensor data in order to solve these issues. MindSphere is the cloud-based, open IoT operating system from Siemens that connects products, plants, systems, and machines, which enable companies to harness the wealth of data generated by IoT with advanced analytics. Siemens collaborates with its partners to further enrich applications and services by developing world-class partner ecosystems offering industrial solutions and digital services. Invariant Analysis Technology, part of NEC’s cutting-edge portfolio of AI technologies, “NEC the WISE” (*1), is being used to automatically learn and model the behavior of systems based on data gathered from a large number of sensors installed in large-scale, complex systems. In addition to enabling systems to operate safely and efficiently, this provides the visualisation of systems and how they operate by proactively detecting errors using analytical models. NEC has already installed approximately 100 such systems internationally.

The collaboration from the two companies are able to provide total data collection, storage, monitoring and analysis, including customization according to customer needs. Specifically, MindSphere is being used to collect and accumulate field sensor data and NEC’s Invariant Analysis Technology system automatically monitors and analyses the data. This solution will first be offered as a cloud solution for the manufacturing industry, then applied to factory systems, manufacturing lines, plant facilities and other equipment, as well as products that are produced using this equipment. This makes it easy to visualise and analyse vast amounts of sensor data, thereby contributing to increased productivity, reduced operational risk, product quality and the preservation of know-how. The companies will focus on customers in manufacturing industries internationally, then expand to customers in other industries.

“Siemens is committed to creating partnerships that help customers realize digital transformation with Industrial IoT. Working with NEC can help provide MindSphere applications that improve customers’ ability to add value to their digital transformation initiatives,” said Kunihiko Horita, Japan Country Manager, Siemens Digital Industries Software.

“It is an honor to collaborate with Siemens to enhance the productivity of the manufacturing industry worldwide through Invariant Analysis Technology,” said Osamu Fujikawa, Senior Vice President, NEC Corporation. “NEC will accelerate the digitization of enterprises through the provision of solutions that leverage both companies’ strengths. NEC will continue to address diversifying needs by fusing real and digital technologies as well as by leveraging advanced technologies such as AI and IoT,” he added.

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