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.