Hitachi and Microsoft to tap manufacturing, logistics

Hitachi, Microsoft to offer digital solutions for manufacturing, logistics

Tokyo, Japan: Hitachi and Microsoft to offer digital solutions for manufacturing and logistics. Both the companies will tap manufacturing and logistics industries across Southeast Asia, North America and Japan.

Hitachi and Microsoft will integrate their industry solutions and provide advance digital solutions that will enable predictive maintenance and process automation to enterprises in the manufacturing and logistics industries.

Hitachi and Microsoft have forged a multi-year strategic alliance to offer next-generation digital solutions to enable digital transformation in the manufacturing and logistics industries. The first solutions will be available in Thailand in July 2020.

Both companies will work together to meet the growing demand for predictive maintenance and process automation in remote areas and support enterprises in tackling the challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hitachi will integrate its industry-leading solutions, such as Lumada, and its IoT-ready industrial controllers HX Series, with the Microsoft cloud platform Azure, Dynamics 365, and Microsoft 365 to help businesses increase their workforce productivity and operational efficiency.

Lumada provides advanced digital solutions, services and technologies to turn data into insights to drive digital innovation.

Hitachi and Microsoft will also work together to support skilling initiatives that empower businesses to grow their digital capabilities and unlock new business opportunities.

Through this collaboration, Hitachi will provide solutions in the following three areas:

  • Increase manufacturing productivity: Using Hitachi Digital Supply Chain as well as Azure IoT to analyze 4M (huMan, Machine, Material, Method) data collected from manufacturing sites for the visualization and analysis of production processes to optimize factory operations and increase productivity
  • Optimize logistics with data analytics: Increasing the logistics efficiency and reducing operational costs by analyzing traffic congestion, storage locations and delivery locations and enabling smart routing to save miles and deliver faster through advanced digital technologies such as Azure Maps and Hitachi Digital
  • Predictive maintenance and remote assist: Enabling predictive maintenance, real-time remote assistance, and remote training scenarios for first-line workers leveraging, HoloLens and Dynamics 365 Remote Assist as well as other smart devices.

Further, Hitachi intends to extend the rollout to North America and Japan. Microsoft and Hitachi plan to expand the scope of the collaboration to additional industries. Hitachi and Microsoft will also explore options to integrate Lumada and Azure into an industry data platform to deliver added value to mutual customers.

“Through this collaboration with Microsoft, we will be able to accelerate our customer’s digital transformation, and continue to deliver social, environmental, and economic value,” said Jun Abe, VP and Executive Officer, CEO – Industry & Distribution Business Unit, Hitachi.

“By expanding our collaboration with Hitachi, we’ll unlock new opportunities for manufacturing and logistics companies as they strive to lead in their industries and pioneer with a data-driven mindset and digital capabilities,” said Caglayan Arkan, VP Manufacturing – Microsoft.

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