2014 was a pivotal year for aerospace manufacturer Boeing. Here's why
Boeing has a momentous 2014, smashing its previous record for the most commercial airplanes delivered in a single year. For the second consecutive year, Boeing beat its own record to manufacture 723 aircraft.
The company's sales team also booked 1,432 net orders, carrying a value of $232.7 billion at list prices, breaking the previous all-time high set in 2007. Boeing's unfilled commercial orders stood at 5,789 at the end of the year – also a new all-time high for the manufacturing behemoth.
“I'm extremely proud of the entire Boeing team, and all of the hard work that went into delivering and selling a record number of commercial airplanes this past year,” said Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Ray Conner.
All three Boeing Commercial Airplanes production sites – Everett and Renton, Washington and North Charleston, South Carolina – each set new site records for airplane deliveries.
In 2014, three individual commercial programs achieved notable milestones, each a single-year record:
- 737 program delivered 485 of the single-aisle airplanes
- 777 program delivered 99 airplanes
- 787 program delivered 114 Dreamliners, including the first 787-9 to launch customer Air New Zealand and first direct deliveries to 13 airline customers
Of the 1,432 net commercial orders Boeing booked in 2014, the Next-Generation 737 and 737 MAX led the way with 1,104 orders, followed by the 777 and 777X with 283 orders.
Boeing continues to bring new products and services to the market, including the launch of the 737 MAX 200 in September, a variant based on the 737 MAX 8. The airplane can accommodate up to 200 seats, increasing revenue potential and offering customers up to 20 percent better fuel efficiency.
“In the face of fierce competition, we had a strong year,” said Conner. “In 2015 we'll remain focused on meeting our customer commitments, and prepare for key milestones on our development programs, including the start of assembly of the first 737 MAX and firm configuration for the 777X.”
As of Dec. 31, 2014, orders, delivers and unfilled orders by program were as follows:
Fluent.ai x BSH: Voice Automating the Assembly Line
Fluent.ai has deployed its voice recognition solutions in one of BSH’s German factories. BSH leads the market in producing connected appliances—its brands include Bosch, Siemens, Gaggenau, NEFF, and Thermador, and with this new partnership, the company intends to cut transition time in its assembly lines.
According to BSH, voice automation will yield 75-100% efficiency gains—but it’s the collaboration between the two companies that stands out. ‘After considering 11 companies for this partnership, we chose Fluent.ai because of their key competitive differentiators’, explained Ion Hauer, Venture Partner at BSH Startup Kitchen.
What Sets Fluent.ai Apart?
After seven years of research, the company developed a wide range of artificial intelligence (AI) software products to help original equipment manufacturers (OEM) expand their services. Three key aspects stood out to BSH, which operates across the world and in unique factory environments.
- Robust noise controls. The system can operate even in loud conditions.
- Low latency. The AI understands commands quickly and accurately.
- Multilingual support. BSH can expand the automation to any of its 50+ country operations.
How Voice Automation Works
Instead of pressing buttons, BSH factory workers will now be able to speak into a headset fitted with Fluent.ai’s voice recognition technology. After uttering a WakeWord, workers can use a command to start assembly line movement. As the technology is hands-free, workers benefit from less physical strain, which will both reduce employee fatigue and boost line production.
‘Implementing Fluent’s technology has already improved efficiencies within our factory, with initial implementation of the solution cutting down the transition time from four seconds to one and a half”, said Markus Maier, Project Lead at the BSH factory. ‘In the long run, the production time savings will be invaluable’.
Future Global Adoption
In the coming years, BSH and Fluent.ai will continue to push for artificial intelligence on factory lines, pursuing efficiency, ergonomics, and a healthy work environment. ‘We started with Fluent.ai on one factory assembly line, moved to three, and [are now] considering rolling the technology out worldwide’, said Maier.
Said Probal Lala, Fluent.ai’s CEO: ‘We are thrilled to be working with BSH, a company at the forefront of innovation. Seeing your solution out in the real world is incredibly rewarding, and we look forward to continuing and growing our collaboration’.