Microsoft and Mercedes-Benz modernise vehicle manufacturing

Elly Yates-Roberts
Elly Yates-Roberts
By Elly Yates-Roberts on 12 October 2022
Microsoft and Mercedes-Benz modernise vehicle manufacturing

Microsoft and Mercedes-Benz have partnered to improve the efficiency, resiliency and sustainability of car manufacturing and production. 

Together, the two firms have created the MO360 Data Platform, which connects Mercedes-Benz’s 30 factories to the Microsoft Cloud, to increase transparency and predictability across its digital production and supply chain. 

The platform builds on the car manufacturer’s digital production ecosystem – MO360 – and, according to Microsoft, allows teams to identify potential supply chain bottlenecks faster and prioritise production resources towards electric vehicles.

“This new partnership between Microsoft and Mercedes-Benz will make our global production network more intelligent, sustainable and resilient in an era of increased geopolitical and macroeconomic challenges,” said Joerg Burzer, member of the board of management of Mercedes-Benz Group. “The ability to predict and prevent problems in production and logistics will become a key competitive advantage as we go all electric.” 

By using Microsoft Azure, the MO360 Data Platform gives Mercedes-Benz the flexibility and cloud computing power to run artificial intelligence and analytics at global scale, while addressing cybersecurity and compliance standards across regions. 

The platform also enables Mercedes-Benz to create a virtual replica of its vehicle manufacturing process which allows it to assess methods before running them in reality, improving efficiency and reducing energy use. 

“Mercedes-Benz’ partnership with Microsoft is a testament to the power of the industrial metaverse,” said Judson Althoff, executive vice president and chief commercial officer at Microsoft. “Together, we are merging the physical and digital worlds to accelerate value creation. Mercedes-Benz can simulate and refine manufacturing processes infinitely in the Microsoft Cloud before bringing them to the shop floor to enhance efficiency and minimise its environmental impact amid constant change and uncertainty.”

Mercedes-Benz has also implemented an analytics tool on the platform to monitor and reduce its ecological footprint during vehicle production. Teams can track and forecast carbon emissions, energy and water usage as well as waste management. 

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