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Introducing Microsoft Cloud for Manufacturing 

Filled with unimaginable change caused by the pandemic, the manufacturing industry witnessed a perfect storm: a significant disruption in terms of business continuity, operational visibility, remote work, employee safety, and the list goes on. However, manufacturers have responded and are continually adapting as we all go through the recovery process. To help you accelerate this journey, announcing the Microsoft Cloud for Manufacturing, available for public preview...Read more

Addressing the skills gap in manufacturing’s new normal 

Can digitization address the manufacturing skills gap and worker safety? Even before than pandemic, manufacturing has been changing so quickly that it can be difficult for your workforce to keep up. In fact, Deloitte and the Manufacturing Institute had estimated that up to 2.4 million US manufacturing jobs could remain unfilled between 2018 and 2028 because of a lack of adequate skills.1  According to a Deloitte...Read more

Improve supply chain resiliency, traceability, and predictability with blockchain 

Introduction “Many new technologies have transformed the supply chain industry over the years; however, persistent problems remained, such as lack of traceability, especially for raw materials, and a lack of trust in data across parties. Our team has applied a new blockchain-based solution to solve these and many other supply chain challenges across our cloud...Read more

Industry 4.0: IoT key to building agile factories of the future 

The global marketplace is evolving rapidly, and the ability to adapt is a defining factor between manufacturers that merely survive, and those that thrive. As rising costs, supply chain issues, skills gaps, and challenges related to COVID-19 escalate, manufacturers must look to intelligent cloud and intelligent edge solutions to build smart, agile factories. Internet of...Read more

Manufacturers gain a competitive advantage with digital twins 

In 1970 NASA faced a crisis: A ruptured propellant tank threatened the lives of three astronauts aboard Apollo 13. To save them, NASA engineers used a replica of Apollo 13 on earth, and used resources they knew were available to the astronauts to devise a safe method for getting them home. Today that same approach,...Read more

Creators wanted to manufacture a resilient and sustainable future 

As a National Sponsor for MFG Day, the manufacturing team at Microsoft is proud to join the #CreatorsWanted movement to fill the skills gap and inspire a diverse workforce with intelligent and data-driven manufacturing. Intelligent manufacturing is shaping our future in exciting ways that enable manufacturers to digitally transform to achieve growth and exceptional customer...Read more

Kennametal is on the cutting edge of manufacturing 

Current market conditions are demonstrating how heavily the world relies on manufacturers’ abilities to operate agile factories and resilient supply chains. One great illustration of the critical role of manufacturers is explained in the inside story of how a group of rival companies came together to make ventilators for the NHS during the COVID-19 pandemic....Read more

Navigating Microsoft’s inaugural Digital Manufacturing Summit 

For the last few years, we’ve saved many of our best Microsoft customer, partner, and Microsoft’s manufacturing solutions news for Hannover Messe, and hope to be able to join the manufacturing community again in person in 2021. However, for 2020, we had to go digital, especially as it was more important than ever that we...Read more

Reimagine a resilient and sustainable future with Microsoft at our Digital Manufacturing Summit 

The inaugural Microsoft Digital Manufacturing Summit launched on June 24th, and I hope you will join me and our global community as we share best practices and innovations to help create more agile factories and resilient supply chains during this time of disruption. The event includes over 30 on-demand webinars, product demos, virtual roundtables, and...Read more

New Dynamics 365 Manufacturing Accelerator for supplier management 

Following the launch of accelerators in five other industries over the past 18 months, the Microsoft Dynamics 365 Manufacturing Accelerator is now in public preview. Our initial focus is on helping manufacturing organizations adapt to and manage their suppliers. The first solution as part of this accelerator is our supplier relationship management application which enables...Read more

Supporting the manufacturing community during this challenging time 

We are hearing from our manufacturing customers around the globe about how the outbreak of COVID-19 is creating new challenges as they work to handle drastic shifts in materials supply and customer demand, and manage factory closures, while contributing to the production of critical supplies to first-line responders across the globe.  While many manufacturers face challenging disruptions to supply...Read more

4 ways we drive openness in industrial IoT 

    In a previous post, we introduced the four components of our approach to openness in industrial IoT (IIoT). Although openness has long been a central concept for us, inspiring hundreds of products and services that can connect platforms and the seamless transfer of data between them, the specific ways we execute on this...Read more