Jan 8, 2021

Absolute EMS opens new industry 4.0 production facility

Absolute EMS
OLogic
Industry 4.0
Smart Manufacturing
Georgia Wilson
2 min
Absolute EMS manufacturing facility
Absolute EMS opens new industry 4.0 production facility in Silicon Valley...

In an announcement made by Absolute EMS, the company has opened a new industry 4.0 production facility in Silicon Valley in partnership with engineering consultant OLogic. The two organisations will work together to combine the technology and startup ecosystem to develop and launch groundbreaking technology.

Absolute EMS has recently upgraded their San Jose, CA, factory with some of the most sophisticated equipment in the industry to provide the capabilities to produce advanced technology for its technology clients. 

Their recently installed production lines are fully automated and connected, allowing the machines to talk to each other in real-time to improve efficiency, reduce errors, and control the supply of parts to the production lines for optimum uptime and agile production capabilities. Absolute EMS reports that the benefits of such capabilities include saved time, reduced costs and improved quality. 

With customer focus being a key competitive advantage for Absolute EMS, the company has incorporated the capability for every production part automatic logging at all stages “for date code, lot code of components, and even board placement, post-production batch issues can be tracked and traced to the highest accuracy, providing faster customer service response and improved customer satisfaction.”

Working with many large technology companies and startups to build production-ready products, OLogic has been working with Absolut EMS to take products from early design stage, through to Minimum Viable Product (MVP), to market launch.

About Absolute EMS

Founded in 1996, Absolute EMS provides leading manufacturing services via its high-technology EMS facility. Originally servicing the medical industry, Absolute EMS since its inception, has broadened its operating industries to include Medical, Military, Industrial, Networking, and Engineering.

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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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