P&G and Microsoft to build future of digital manufacturing

Procter & Gamble Company (P&G) will leverage Microsoft Cloud to help create the future of digital manufacturing at P&G in a new multi-year collaboration with Microsoft.

The two companies will co-innovate to accelerate and expand P&G’s digital manufacturing platform and leverage the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) to bring products to consumers faster, increase customer satisfaction and improve productivity to reduce costs.

P&G selected Microsoft as its preferred cloud provider based on a four-year history of successfully working together on data and AI.

With Microsoft Azure as the foundation, the new collaboration marks the first time that P&G can digitize and integrate data from more than 100 manufacturing sites around the world and enhance its AI, machine learning and edge computing services for real-time visibility.

The new collaboration effort will allow P&G to better utilize data, AI capabilities and digital twins technology, to optimize its manufacturing environmental sustainability efforts and increase the company’s workforce efficiency and productivity.

Judson Althoff, Microsoft’s chief commercial officer, said: “We are excited to help P&G accelerate its digital manufacturing platform using Microsoft Azure, AI and IIoT to accommodate volatility in the consumer products industry with innovative, agile solutions that can easily scale based on market conditions. Our partnership will further P&G’s growth and business transformation through digital technology that seamlessly connects people, assets, workflow and business processes that promote resiliency.”

Vittorio Cretella, P&G CIO, said: “Together with Microsoft, P&G intends to make manufacturing smarter by enabling scalable predictive quality, predictive maintenance, controlled release, touches operations and manufacturing sustainability optimization – which has not been done at this scale in the manufacturing space to date.”