With a goal to improve flexibility and efficiency of production, shorten cycles of innovation and maximize uptime, Siemens Amberg needed to upgrade its existing monolithic IT infrastructure and support more seamless collaboration between information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) teams. Siemens chose to implement a cloud-native, modular, microservices-based architecture on Red Hat OpenShift running in the factory.
Integrated GitOps capabilities in OpenShift enable more frequent updates and deployment of these applications to the factory floor, enabling continuous improvement in the AI inferencing prediction accuracy.
Siemens is also building private 5G infrastructures in plants including Amberg, aiming to facilitate the flexible analysis of larger data volumes. Siemens has the option to implement a software-defined private 5G solution on Red Hat OpenShift as an extension of its container platform.
Red Hat OpenShift provides Siemens with a more consistent open hybrid cloud platform, making it possible for Siemens to manage, scale and improve the security capabilities of applications interoperably from core to edge. The company can choose to run Red Hat OpenShift at the manufacturing floor or consume it as a managed service in multiple public clouds.
Siemens worked closely with Red Hat Consulting and completed Red Hat Training courses during the deployment process to upskill its teams and embrace agile working methodologies that help it more quickly get value from its new technologies. Siemens is now able to reuse code around the world to apply best practices to other factories.