Unlocking the future of Manufacturing: Insights from Microsoft Industrial AI Day

Unlocking the future of Manufacturing: Insights from Microsoft Industrial AI Day

Helen Yu 28/03/2024
Unlocking the future of Manufacturing: Insights from Microsoft Industrial AI Day

Have you ever pondered what defines the era of AI and its implications for the manufacturing industry?

To me, the era of AI in manufacturing means applying AI to Smart manufacturing. It gives humans the Superpower to perform tasks at Speed in a Safer environment.

I was honored to participate in the panel discussion at Microsoft Industrial AI and Metaverse Day. Gaining perspectives from industry leaders such as Gary Nafus, Andy Pratt at Microsoft, Nicole Denil at Rockwell Automation, and Peggy Smedley at Specialty Publishing Media provided profound clarity on the manufacturing revolution and the pivotal role of emerging technologies.

The Microsoft Innovation Lab in Houston is a well-kept secret, a vibrant hub brimming with creativity and energy. It's here that Microsoft hosts their Top 25 customers, crafting collaboration opportunities, refining concepts into practical designs, and testing prototypes. Witnessing this process left a lasting impression.

Geeking out with Andy Pratt while being emerged in the sea of robots was an exhilarating experience. Andy Pratt, CVP of emerging technology at Microsoft showcased the discrete manufacturing prototype created in collaboration with Rockwell Automation. This partnership exemplifies how industrial automation has revolutionized manufacturing design processes, empowered manufacturers to accelerate time to market.

The convergence of physical and digital, augmented by human ingenuity unlocks a new era of manufacturing possibilities. Industrial AI and the metaverse facilitate remote operations, product design simulation, predictive demand analysis, and real-time decision-making.  It paves the path for unprecedented efficiency and innovation.

Adding a touch of levity to our visit, we explored "What it means to be a woman in manufacturing" through interviews and filming. This underscores the imperative of gender diversity in manufacturing, which not only enhances financial performance but also fosters innovation and expands the talent pool.

I walked away from the innovation lab, filled with renewed vigor and anticipation for the future of manufacturing—a future shaped by collaboration, innovation, and the relentless pursuit of excellence.

Our afternoon tour at the Microsoft Technology Center merits its own discourse. Stay tuned for more insights and experiences gathered during our visit.

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Helen Yu

Innovation Expert

Helen Yu is a Global Top 20 thought leader in 10 categories, including digital transformation, artificial intelligence, cloud computing, cybersecurity, internet of things and marketing. She is a Board Director, Fortune 500 Advisor, WSJ Best Selling & Award Winning Author, Keynote Speaker, Top 50 Women in Tech and IBM Top 10 Global Thought Leader in Digital Transformation. She is also the Founder & CEO of Tigon Advisory, a CXO-as-a-Service growth accelerator, which multiplies growth opportunities from startups to large enterprises. Helen collaborated with prestigious organizations including Intel, VMware, Salesforce, Cisco, Qualcomm, AT&T, IBM, Microsoft and Vodafone. She is also the author of Ascend Your Start-Up.

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