Navigating the Next Wave: AI’s Role in Redefining Industrial Landscapes

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Navigating the Next Wave: AI’s Role in Redefining Industrial Landscapes

At Hannover Messe, in this interview with Rob McGreevy, CPO, Aveva, we focus on the role of industrial AI and the innovative collaboration between Schneider Electric and Microsoft Azure’s Open AI service, promising to redefine how industries leverage AI for advanced insights.

The Vision and Strategy Behind Industrial AI

Rob McGreevy shares his enthusiasm about the transformative potential of industrial AI, viewing it as a pivotal evolution in manufacturing and critical infrastructure. For years, the focus has been on interconnectivity—collecting and contextualizing vast data sets and visualizing them in actionable formats. Industrial AI takes this a step further by integrating various disciplines to support the next-generation workforce, unlocking new value from existing systems to forge a better industry and a sustainable future.

Practical Applications of AI in Industrial Settings

When asked how AI can transform decision-making processes, especially for small to midsize companies, Rob McGreevy highlights the reduction in cost and complexity, thanks to cloud technologies where much of AI’s capabilities are harnessed. For these companies, using AI simplifies interactions with complex data systems. Users can query the system in natural language, and the AI responds with insights, significantly easing the traditionally complex data handling and analysis processes.

Getting Started with AI in Industry

For companies new to this technology, the entry point is via AVEVA’s Flex and the Connect Platform, facilitating access to various applications and data analytics tools. This system simplifies the initial setup and serves as a gateway to extensive AI functionalities that can significantly enhance industrial operations.

Sustainable Performance Optimization

Rob also touches on the longstanding collaboration between Aveva and Microsoft, which has evolved from foundational technologies to sophisticated AI integrations. This partnership now focuses on tailoring generic tech solutions to meet specific industrial needs, simplifying AI adoption in manufacturing. The collaboration aims to enhance sustainability and efficiency, helping businesses optimize energy and resource consumption across various operations.

The Future of AI in Industry

Looking ahead, Rob McGreevy is particularly excited about the potential of AI and analytics to revolutionize the energy sector, from optimizing power generation—both renewable and traditional—to enhancing the longevity and performance of industrial assets. This focus is on improving operational efficiencies and making significant strides in sustainability, reducing CO2 emissions, and better managing natural resources.

This dialogue at Hannover Messe underscores a pivotal moment in industrial technology, where AI’s role rapidly expands from theoretical exploration to critical, practical applications, heralding a new era of efficiency and innovation in manufacturing.

The interview was recorded by Lucian Fogoros from IIoT World during Hannover Messe 2024. This summary was created based on the video transcript with the assistance of It was edited by the IIoT World team.