Microsoft, BMW Group Launch the Open Manufacturing Platform

Microsoft, BMW Group Launch the Open Manufacturing Platform Image Credit: Microsoft

Microsoft and the BMW Group launched Open Manufacturing Platform (OMP) to support the development of smart factory solutions across the automotive and broader manufacturing sectors.

The Companies also announced the formation of OMP community that will include other manufacturers and suppliers, including companies from outside the automotive industry.

Built on the Microsoft Azure industrial IoT cloud platform, the OMP is intended to provide community members with a reference architecture with open source components based on open industrial standards and an open data model. In addition to facilitating collaboration, this platform approach is designed to unlock and standardize data models that enable analytics and machine learning scenarios — data that has traditionally been managed in proprietary systems.

Utilizing industrial use cases and sample code, community members and other partners will have the capability to develop their own services and solutions while maintaining control over their data. The underlying platform will continue to evolve over time, along with manufacturing requirements, to incorporate new innovations including areas of analytics, artificial intelligence and digital feedback loops. 

Scott Guthrie, EVP, Microsoft Cloud + AL Group
Microsoft is joining forces with the BMW Group to transform digital production efficiency across the industry. Our commitment to building an open community will create new opportunities for collaboration across the entire manufacturing value chain.

Oliver Zipse, Member of the Board of Management, BMW AG Production
The interconnection of production sites and systems as well as the secure integration of partners and suppliers are particularly important. We have been relying on the cloud since 2016 and are consistently developing new approaches. 

Ray is a news editor at The Fast Mode, bringing with him more than 10 years of experience in the wireless industry.

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