May 16, 2020

Apple CEO Tim Cook visits Foxconn's manufacturing factory in China

Tim Cook
Apple
Foxconn
Asian Manufacturing
Glen White
1 min
Tim Cook visits the Foxconn factory in China.
Apple CEO, Tim Cook paid a visit to one of Foxconns factories during his business trip to China.The tech CEO posted a picture of himself at the factory...

Apple CEO, Tim Cook paid a visit to one of Foxconn’s factories during his business trip to China.

The tech CEO posted a picture of himself at the factory on Twitter. According to Cook, the photo shows a portion of the assembly line for the iPhone 6 in Zhengzhou, where Foxconn, Apple’s largest manufacturing partner, operates one of its key factories.

It is thought that Cook visited the plant to personally check on the production progress of the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus, demand for which has been “far outstripping” supply.

The iPhone 6 Plus is said to have been in greater demand since the new handsets’ launch in China on October 17, reportedly prompting Apple to shift production away from the iPhone 6 in favor of the larger phablet-style iPhone.

As reported earlier today, Cook is in China to meet with Vice Premier Ma Kai in Zhongnanhai, at China’s central government, to discuss data security following reports of iCloud cyber attacks and phishing incidents in the country.

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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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