Intelligent manufacturing takes plant operations to the next level of IoT

Imagine if a factory were “intelligent” enough to predict problems and offer solutions that can be implemented before downtime or issues actually occurred. At Hannover Messe this week, a number of companies are demonstrating how they use the Internet of Things (IoT) and other Microsoft technologies to do just that.

As Suzanne Choney writes on the Transform blog, predictive technology is moving manufacturing beyond real-time analytics to anticipate and correct problems before they occur. For example, a sensor may identify a machine part that’s performing poorly, and flag it for replacement ahead of schedule to take advantage of scheduled downtime. Early adopters have been using predictive maintenance in Azure IoT Suite to capture data from industrial sites around the world, analyze processes to identify efficiencies, and save money and resources.

At Hannover Messe, Microsoft is demonstrating new collaborations with intelligent manufacturers, including:

  • Jabil, one of the world’s leading design and manufacturing solution providers, is running two plants with digital, intelligent and predictive systems that use Microsoft technology including Azure, Azure Machine Learning, Azure IoT Suite, the Cortana Intelligence Suite, Power BI, SQL Server, Windows 10 and Office 365.
  • Fujitsu’s Intelligent Dashboard for connected factories uses Azure IoT Suite and Cortana to monitor operations worldwide and support troubleshooting and management through a speech-capable digital assistant.
  • NEC is combining its facial recognition technologies and Factory Energy Management System (FEMS) with Azure IoT technology to create an end-to-end solution for factory maintenance, repair and operation.

These companies are transforming how manufacturers do business, improving outcomes for enterprises, for workers and, ultimately, for their customers.

Check out Suzanne’s post for more on the intelligent manufacturing systems showcased at Hannover Messe. And for more information on how Microsoft IoT can transform your business, visit

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