EGA unveils digital manufacturing platform to foster Industry 4.0 strategy

By Shilpa Annie Joseph, Official Reporter
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Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA), the largest industrial company in the UAE outside oil and gas, has launched one of the first digital manufacturing platforms in the region to unlock additional value through Industry 4.0 applications.

EGA developed the digital manufacturing platform with Microsoft as part of a strategic collaboration to progress EGA’s Digital Roadmap. The platform enables the integration of hardware, software, processes, and people throughout EGA’s global operations.

The platform was developed using the latest generation of Microsoft Azure hybrid cloud, to use artificial intelligence at a significant scale across EGA’s global industrial operations including Jebel Ali and Al Taweelah to further improve industrial process efficiency, quality, and safety.

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“EGA’s bold aspiration is to become a digital lighthouse for the region and the global aluminum industry, because we see enormous potential to unlock additional value for our business through Industry 4.0. The digital manufacturing platform, developed in collaboration with Microsoft, transforms our operations by harnessing the power of artificial intelligence at scale while unlocking significant opportunities for further Industry 4.0 applications.”

The hybrid infrastructure deploys digital architecture previously used in many defense and space projects while combining the advantages of public and on-premises hybrid cloud processing.

The digital manufacturing platform will enable EGA to reduce the unit cost of running artificial intelligence-based image and video analytics by more than 80 percent while increasing speeds as much as 13 times compared to EGA’s previous solution.

EGA’s digital manufacturing platform currently processes over 2.9 petabytes of real-time data annually, equivalent to streaming more than 32,000 movies at 4K resolution, and will be regularly expanded in the future.

Christoph Berlin, General Manager and Partner Architect, Microsoft Azure, said that, “This announcement marks a key milestone in our strategic collaboration with EGA, a company which is a leader in the application of Industry 4.0 in the Middle East.”

“Their new digital manufacturing platform, created in collaboration with Microsoft, is a great example of using Microsoft’s Adaptive Cloud Framework to fundamentally rethink and modernize OT in a cloud-first era to embrace modern capabilities such as Generative AI. We look forward to our continued collaboration with EGA,” Berlin added.

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