Jun 25, 2020

2025: product lifecycle management market to reach US$36.bn

Georgia Wilson
3 min
Product Lifecycle Management
Study conducted by Grand View Research predicts global product lifecycle management to reach US$36.09bn by 2025...

In a recent study conducted by Grand View Research , the organisation expects the global product lifecycle management market to reach US$36.09bn y 2025 - expanding at a CAGR of 6.2% between 2020 and 2025, though the recent outbreak of COVID-19 may temporarily slow down the growth of the market. 

According to the organisation, the demand for product lifecycle management (PLM) solutions that support complex functionalities, is a result of the rise in smart factories and smart value chains, with the integration of internet of things (IoT) platforms as the main driver. 

In addition to IoT, emerging technologies such as cloud computing and high speed internet connectivity are also key drivers of this growth, as well as vendors making significant investments in developing product innovation platforms, next generation interoperability and integration capabilities.

Key predictions from the report:

Simulation, testing and change management sector is expected to register the highest CAGR due to increased production capacities and reduced time to market

Consultancy is also expected to expand fast due to growing awareness of the advantages of PLM solutions and the need for advice on the best solutions for an organisations digital transformation

SaaS deployment is also expected to register among the highest due to improved scalability, flexibility and security, with the growing shift towards cloud PLM deployment increasing the need for SaaS solutions

SME segment is also expected to register high when it comes to CAGR due to rising demand for software integration capabilities among SMEs

Healthcare end use segment is anticipated to be the latest growing segment driven by increased compliance of regulatory mandates in medical device manufacturing, with pharmaceutical companies driving the boost of PLM solutions 

Asia Pacific (APAC), is expected to see a huge growth due to an increase in industrial manufacturing activities in the region, and the increased investment from the public and private sector into industry 4.0 and smart and connected industry initiatives 

Advancements made in product lifecycle management solutions

Due to the increased use of IoT technologies, vendors are incorporating analytics capabilities, alongside artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning into their product lifecycle management (PLM) solutions. As well as integrating their PLMs with IoT platforms to provide their customers with the capability to link real time operational data into the PLM platform to obtain insights. 

As a result the insights gained from the integration will help to optimise product usability, quality, maintenance and service performance. With these advances in next generation technologies, IoT capabilities have become a vital differentiator in industry 4.0 and smart manufacturing.

Such advancements include the adoption of cloud, artificial intelligence, big data and communication technologies, which are expected to propel the demand for PLM solutions across various industries including industrial manufacturing, retail, energy and utilities, transportation industries, and healthcare.

Many large enterprises are adopting a cloud first strategy when deploying their software and systems. While vendors are making investments in enhancing PLM capabilities for hybrid, private and multi tenant deployments. However, most PLM deployments are focused on SMEs and non-traditional industries.

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Jun 16, 2021

Fluent.ai x BSH: Voice Automating the Assembly Line

Fluentai
BSH
AI
Technology
2 min
Fluent.ai and BSH announce plans to bring speech-to-intent AI to the assembly line that will increase factory efficiency and improve worker ergonomics

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’. 

 

 

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