May 16, 2020

BASF launch refinish products that emits less CO2

Carbon emissions
BASF
Refinish paint
Product Development
Sophie Chapman
2 min
BASF develops less harmful refinish
The chemical company based in Germnay, BASF, has launched a new line of its refinish paint used vehicles that is less harmful to the environment.

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The chemical company based in Germnay, BASF, has launched a new line of its refinish paint used vehicles that is less harmful to the environment.

The paint emits less CO2 as it conforms to the certified biomass balance approach, and is the first refinish to do so in the world.

The biomass finish approach reduces emissions by replacing fossil fuel resources with renewable ones during the production process.

The German Technical Supervisory Association (TÜV SÜD) were responsible for certified the line.

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“As we developed the new product range, we wanted to make sure that our customers will not experience any changes with respect to quality or application,” reported Katja Scharpwinkel, Head of Automotive Refinish EMEA at BASF.

“The biomass balance approach already permits renewable resources to be used at the start of chemical production.”

“This allows us to process the products obtained via this process in the usual manner and use them to manufacture our refinish products.”

“By developing the new product line, we are offering body shops the opportunity to stand out from the competition and directly influence the way they save CO2 and in so doing, make a conscious contribution to environmental protection.”

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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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