Audi prepares production for next-gen electric motors
Automotive manufacturer - Audi - has begun preparations for the production of its new generation of electric motors, based on the 'Premium Platform Electric (PPE)' developed with Porsche.
"We are very pleased about this new milestone in the drive production. In accordance with the Audi Group's electrification strategy, we are actively shaping the new era of electrification as the world's largest drive plant, in addition to producing a large number of efficient combustion engines. This is how we set the course for the future of our company, secure jobs and continue the company's success story," says Alfons Dintner, Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI HUNGARIA Zrt.
Changes to the existing production hall
In order to begin production a completely new department will be established in Audi Hungaria's drive production. So far Audi has developed numerous facilities and the assembly line for future production.
In addition, in order to produce the new drives, an area of 15,000 meters squared is being expanded in the existing production hall. The realisation of the project is expected to secure the jobs of roughly 700 employees in the future.
Harnessing VR glasses
Used for the planning of the new production area, Audi harnessed VR glasses technology for the first time at Audi Hungaria to design a production line.
Audi reports that advantages of using such technology included, engineers having the ability to plan the production process more effectively, and design it innovatively by using 3D image processing technology. It is stated that this makes the production area more efficient as well as the workplace more ergonomic.
What is Audi’s Premium Platform Electric (PPE)?
Designed and developed in cooperation with Porsche, Audi’s Premium Platform Electric (PPE), provides the conditions needed for ultra-modern technology with its special architecture. The platform is used to satisfy the demanding customer requests in full-size and luxury class segments. Audi’s PPE architecture is also said to be high in tech and highly scalable to allow both low and high floor vehicles to be realised.
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’.