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Nvidia Expands Collaboration with Industrial Automation Tech Suppliers

Apr 25, 2024

Until recently, Nvidia was a technology supplier whose products were largely used in the automation sector primarily for advanced simulation graphics. And that makes sense because Nvidia is well-known for its graphics processing unit technology, better known by the acronym GPU. Because of this, Nvidia has long been a major player in the gaming industry.

But Nvidia has become much more than a GPU supplier, as it has expanded into a full-stack computing company that, for the manufacturing and processing industries, reaches into artificial intelligence, digital twins and robotics.

That’s why you’ve been hearing more and more about industrial automation companies aligning with Nvidia to deliver advanced technologies that enable manufacturing companies to digitally transform and achieve Industry 4.0 goals.

Until Nvidia’s recent conference unleashed a wave of industrial automation-related news, some of the biggest Nvidia news of interest for manufacturers related to the company’s work with:

Of course, beyond these announcements, there’s also been several automation device related releases featuring embedded Nvidia technology. Just type in Nvidia into the search bar on the site and you’ll quickly see how widespread the use of Nvidia technologies has become in the industrial automation sector.

But apparently, all this news was just a prelude to the avalanche of industrial automation news to come out of Nvidia’s recent conference in March 2024.

To give you an idea of how pervasive Nvidia technology is becoming to industrial automation, here’s a rundown of some of the biggest news to come out of that conference.

First up, Rockwell Automation announced a strategic collaboration with Nvidia to accelerate its next-generation industrial architecture that will impact Rockwell Automation’s portfolio of software, hardware and services. Rockwell Automation plans to integrate Nvidia’s Omniverse Cloud application programming interfaces with its Emulate3D digital twin application. Rockwell says this will enable factory analysis, including operations and simulation, to be quicker and more predictive. As part of this partnership, Nvidia has joined the Rockwell Automation PartnerNetwork, allowing Rockwell Automation customers to access their applications more directly.

Next, Siemens announced that it plans to deepen its existing work with Nvidia around the industrial metaverse. Here, Siemens will add Nvidia Omniverse Cloud programming interfaces to its Xcelerator platform for artificial intelligence-driven digital twin development. At the Nvidia conference, Siemens and Nvidia demonstrated how generative AI is being used to visualize complex industrial data, making photorealism in digital twins possible. As an example, the companies showed how shipbuilder HD Hyundai is using it to develop new ammonia- and hydrogen-powered ships, which can contain more than seven million discrete parts. HD Hyundai is using Nvidia’s and Siemens generative AI technology to unify and visualize these massive engineering datasets interactively.

Siemens also announced that it will release a new product later this year for Teamcenter X, the company’s cloud-based Product Lifecycle Management software, which is part of the Siemens Xcelerator platform. According to Siemens, this new product will provide engineering teams with the ability to create a photorealistic, real-time, and physics-based digital twin to eliminate workflow waste and errors.

Siemens is focusing on the photorealistic renderings enabled by Nvidia’s technology using generative AI to accelerate development tasks that previously took days to complete but can now be done in hours, with engineering data contextualized as it would appear in the real world.

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