Technology Record - Issue 31: Winter 2023

104 “Microsoft’s mixed reality business applications, such as Dynamics 365 Guides and Remote Assist for HoloLens 2, are revolutionising the manufacturing sector by improving product design, operations and time to market. They offer various applications, including 3D product modelling, stepby-step holographic work instructions, remote assistance, repeatable training, and product visualisation, all of which enhance efficiency and innovation in manufacturing and drive competitive advantages. Moreover, the synergy between internet of things (IoT), digital twins and mixed reality technologies further enhances manufacturing efficiency. IoT sensors monitor equipment in real time, providing data for predictive maintenance, and mixed reality, like HoloLens, overlays real-time maintenance alerts and instructions. This combination reduces downtime and minimises errors during repairs.” “Rockwell Automation is collaborating with Microsoft to integrate generative AI in our product suite, notably in the new cloud-native system design product, FactoryTalk Design Studio (FTDS). FTDS provides breakthrough efficiency to engineers, changing the way automation systems are built and delivered. Generative AI was a natural fit, providing multiple opportunities for our users to improve productivity, including code generation using language prompts. FTDS is built on Azure, allowing Rockwell to quickly adopt this ground-breaking technology. Azure OpenAI Services is leveraged directly within the product, providing an integrated experience that allows users to stay in the moment and automatically benefit from new capabilities.” Christian Segurado Manager of System Integration Microsoft Mazars Rahul Patel Vice President of Software Engineering Rockwell Automation Photo: Microsoft FEATURE