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Embracing artificial intelligence

As the cost of raw materials rises, the manufacturing industry slows down. If you’re looking for a way to speed things up for your business, the answer could be intelligent technology, also known as artificial intelligence (AI).

First things first. What comes to your mind when you think about AI? Complicated lines of code that have no application in the factories of today? An idea that’s hard to grasp, and even harder to turn into a reality?

If so, it’s time to rethink. AI isn’t as elusive or complicated as it may seem. Put simply, it’s intelligent technology used to improve your business, transform productivity, and increase your potential. Best of all, AI is attainable now. Businesses already use their ingenuity and AI to tackle manufacturing challenges.

Intelligent processes

Mercedes Benz turned to AI to support their digital transformation. The brand runs a large-scale production plant in Brazil, where they manufacture a range of trucks and buses. The sheer size of the operation requires as much agility as possible when it comes to all areas of business, including sales.

Using Azure Machine Learning services for an intelligent sales process, the tool brings together internal and external data, including: registration numbers, macroeconomic indicators, local legislation, sales information and statistics. All this information helps salespeople make the right offer, to the right person, at the right time in the sales process.

Because they leverage Azure AI, systems learn over time. Dealers input data reports each month, which ensures the tool evolves its recommendations. Ari Carvalho, Director of Sales and Marketing, Truck Division, Mercedes-Benz explains: “With AI insights, we will know which product segment to sell, to whom, and when.”

Fleet management

One of the world’s most prominent manufacturing businesses, Rolls Royce, also offers fleet maintenance services to airlines that use its products. As you can imagine, the brand works with a lot of planes—and a lot of data.

Using Microsoft Cortana Intelligence Suite and Azure, the brand can now analyze a vast wealth of data. What’s more, it can pinpoint anomalies and perform data modelling at scale. As the company puts it “Microsoft Cortana Intelligence capabilities are helping us filter the signal from the noise across large data sets, so we can focus on finding the real value in the data.”

Operations automation & predictive maintenance

Korea’s largest IT provider, LG CNS, works across a range of industries and is known for its cloud-based smart factory service. Essentially, their service helps manufacturers automate production and keep track of efficiency at the touch of a button.

To ensure the ongoing success of such a clever solution, it won’t come as a surprise that the brand needed some seriously intelligent technology to support its product.

AI helped boost the capabilities of their smart factories, from production to management. The company now uses Azure DocumentDB and HDInsight to collect production histories, and Azure Machine Learning to keep factories running. The system now predicts defects before they happen. LG CNS has developed and is currently testing another system to boost efficiency of their solar energy storage systems.

AI specialists can help

Of course, these manufacturing examples might give you the impression that AI is only for large enterprises. On the contrary, AI services are affordable and made available to mainstream manufacturers today. That’s welcome news in a country like Canada, where small and medium-sized businesses make up the largest part of the manufacturing sector.

Companies like Canvass Analytics and Quartic AI drive digital transformation in manufacturing with Azure AI. They are both profiled in Canada’s Great Canadian Innovators 2018 yearbook.


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