ASSEAL wins Developing Future Talent Award at EEF Manufacturing Awards
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The UK-based manufacturer of mechanical seals and support systems, ASSEAL, has been recognised at the EEF Future Manufacturing Awards.
The company has won the Developing Future Talent Award which acknowledges the manufacturer that has developed their employees internally the most and to advertise engineering manufacturing careers through activities within the community.
“This award is testament to the hard working and dedicated team at AESSEAL,” said Richard Halstead, Membership Director for the North at EEF. “As a recognised name in the sector it puts them on the map for the Yorkshire region as a modern and innovative company and goes some way to demonstrate the valuable contribution made by local manufacturers, to the employees in our region. I’m sure they will be sharing this news with their staff, customers and suppliers.”
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“Today’s new recruits are tomorrow’s leaders and providing them with the skills and tools to excel will ensure our businesses future for the long term,” said Rebecca Clubbe, Marketing Communications Manager at AESSEAL. “The change happening in manufacturing as we move into the fourth industrial revolution is huge and it is this new generation who will have the ideas and the skills to meet the challenges.”
The news is the latest in a successful year for ASSEAL, who also won two awards in October with the firm being named the Engineering Ambassador of the Year and was also considered the “best of the best” in the Grand Prix award at London’s County Hall.
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’.