Can manufacturers use AI to make decisions in hours, not weeks?


Oracle expert shares practical strategies for using AI in manufacturing

By Kathy Webster, Correspondence for MT360 


In the Industry 4.0 era, digital transformation can empower a small manufacturer to upend a Fortune 500 company. “No industry is immune to such threats,” says Surya Kommareddy, Director of Product Marketing at Oracle. “Artificial Intelligence (AI) solutions can help manufactures stay ahead of the competition.”

Kommareddy is one of more than 25 speakers at MT360, May 12 – 14, 2020, at the Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, Calif. MT360 is a new event connecting manufacturers to the software developers and investors of Silicon Valley to accelerate the integration of emerging technologies into manufacturing. 

“Manufacturers are increasingly deploying automation to tackle the pressures of global competition and increasing customer demands. The increased complexity and speed of operations means that manufacturers also need to address issues in their operations at the same higher rate,” says Kommareddy. “In my presentation, Artificial Intelligence Empowers Manufacturers to Excel, I’ll offer examples of how AI can be a valuable tool in making predictions and uncovering hidden insights in preventative maintenance, quality management and more.”

Prior to joining Oracle, Kommareddy worked at DMG MORI, a globally renowned CNC machine tool manufacturer. He is a longtime proponent of open connectivity standards in the manufacturing industry.

“The awareness and needs of the audience, and manufacturing firms in particular, are growing beyond open standards to tools and technologies that they can now leverage to improve their manufacturing and supply chain operations,” says Kommareddy. “At the upcoming MT360 conference, I want to share my experiences and knowledge of digitally connected enterprises as well as explain how AI can help manufacturers make the best decisions quickly to address problems faster in a matter of hours or days, as opposed to weeks or months.”

Among key differentiators of transformative technologies, Kommareddy views AI as the single most powerful technology for effective competition. AI can help manufacturers innovate faster, increase their efficiencies and reduce their costs.

“The Industry 4.0 era is upon us, and the technologies of this era will empower manufacturers to come up with new business models to better serve customers,” says Kommareddy. “Manufacturers who integrate these transformative technologies will thrive.”

MT360 brings traditional manufacturers, non-traditional tech companies, and venture capitalists into one conference to learn about transformative technologies that will intersect all three worlds.

  • Cognitive Automation – A spectrum of AI or data-related tools that enable automation systems to sense and react to information.

  • Additive Manufacturing – Several related technologies that enable manufacturers to create complex parts and fixtures through 3D printing.

  • Augmented Reality – Technologies that use digital displays to assist with manual tasks.

  • Digital Thread – Electronic connections that allow manufacturing information to follow a product through its entire production process.

In addition to the speakers and panel discussions, MT360 will host a Virtual Factory, which will showcase companies involved in every aspect of these technologies. Attendees can visit and interact with software companies, hardware companies, complete AR-platform providers, and smart manufacturing.

Space is limited. Register today at

MT360, May 12 – 14, 2020, Santa Clara, Calif.