Siemens and NVIDIA Partner to build Industrial Metaverse
Siemens, a developer of industrial products, has announced a partnership with Nvidia, a top manufacturer of graphics processing units (GPUs), to facilitate the creation of an industrial Metaverse using Siemens’ Xcelerator and Nvidia’s Omniverse platforms.
Merging Xcelerator with Omniverse to create Industrial Metaverse
Following companies such as the Chinese Tencent Nvidia & Siemens aim to create their own, with a focus on industrial applications.
Siemens Xcelerator, an open business digital platform will be connected with Nvidia’s Omniverse, a real-time graphics collaboration tool to allow manufacturers to create immersive, full-fidelity and real-time digital twins of a manufacturing floor.
Siemens Xcelerator is a curated package of its internet of things enabled software, hardware and services, growing ecosystem of hyperscalers like AWS and an evolving marketplace for stakeholders and customers to buy digital products and services.
Nvidia’s Omniverse, on the other hand, is an application suite which allows developers to build photorealistic, physically-accurate, and real-world simulations.
How does the addition of Omniverse and Xcelerator benefit industries?
By connecting Omniverse and Xcelerator, manufacturers across industries will be able to solve engineering challenges from design to manufacturing to launch. For example, unplanned machine downtime and maintenance costs; getting real-time data to monitor workflow and resources; and lack of floor visualization.
Apart from that, enterprises will have the opportunity to bring all the workers together, from machinists to electricians, designers to material handlers, to collaborate in real-time in a virtual space. Not only will this reduce the travel cost and time, but it will also get new products to market faster.
AI & Digital Twins in the industrial Metaverse
The synergie between both would allow industrial manufacturers to create AI-driven digital twins of a part, machine, object, or the entire assembly. This will significantly bring down the cost as manufacturers will not have to spend a dime on creating physical prototypes and testing them out in the real environment.
For example, during the manufacturing process, a machinist may want to understand how a machine would react to a given variable. With the use of the industrial metaverse, the machinist can test the settings and visualize the outcome before deploying it in the real world.
Furthermore, the partnership will greatly benefit companies of all sizes who will be able leverage the industrial metaverse and achieve manufacturing optimization, employee productivity, and sustainability.
A real-time, immersive metaverse
Roland Busch, President and Chief Executive Officer, Siemens AG, says, “When Siemens Xcelerator is connected to Omniverse, we will enable a real-time, immersive metaverse that connects hardware and software from the edge to the cloud with rich data from Siemens’ software and solutions.”
Jensen Huang, founder and CEO of NVIDIA, added: “Siemens and NVIDIA share a common vision that the industrial metaverse will drive digital transformation. This is just the first step in our joint effort to make this vision real for our customers and all parts of the global manufacturing industry.
The partnership between Siemens and NVIDIA is a step forward to digitalizing the industrial processes within a factory, which can help manufacturers to imagine, analyze and test out production tasks in an immersive and data-driven simulated environment, keeping in mind the safety of the workforce.