Jul 10, 2020

Blue Yonder: optimising the manufacturing supply chain

Manufacturing
Supply Chain
Blue Yonder
Sean Galea-Pace
2 min
Having featured in July’s issue of Manufacturing Global, we take a closer look at Blue Yonder’s manufacturing services.
Having featured in July’s issue of Manufacturing Global, we take a closer look at Blue Yonder’s manufacturing services...

From forecasting demand and planning for parts availability to optimising warehousing, transportation and delivery, Blue Yonder helps its customers fuel business success.

Blue Yonder offers:

  • Supply Planning and Replenishment

Through shorter product life cycles, new competitors and expanding partner-supplier networks, it’s important to sense, process, plan and respond to changes in real-time. Blue Yonder supply planning and replenishment capabilities helps companies stage the right inventory throughout their distribution network, minimising stock outs while maximising inventory turns in the supply chain.

  • Production Planning

With decreasing product life cycles, demand fluctuations and more granular customer segmentation, intelligent decision support for production planning and scheduling functions have never been more vital. By balancing demand with the right material, capacity and due-date constraints can efficiently align the activities of production control, manufacturing and procurement planning which empowers its customers to outmaneuver the competition and satisfy its customers at the right cost.

  • Inventory Optimisation

Most leading organisations use inventory optimisation to segment their portfolios in addition to multiple dimensions that reflects the value of each product for each customer. This allows for the competitive advantage to be built, as well as align inventory planning, inventory strategy and inventory execution within the strategic business for service, production and distribution.

  • Sales & Operations

When potential risks, opportunities or threats transform supply chain plans, it’s vital to act quickly and efficiently to get back on track. Sales and operations planning will provide a cross-functional approach to integrated business planning that seamlessly incorporates all moving parts across the supply chain. It’s fundamental to develop actionable revenue, cost and margin targets and unite the entire supply chain around achieving them. 

Did you know?

Blue Yonder was voted a Leader in all four of Gartner’s Magic Quadrants.

Luminate Logistics Overview

Blue Yonder’s Luminate Logistics offers an end-to-end execution platform to help drive flexible, fully autonomous distribution networks. Having been built on top of the industry’s first AI/ML-based supply chain platform, Luminate Logistics empowers organisations to recognise problems before they happen, get machine learning based recommendations for action and minimise risk while capitalising on opportunities. 

Some of the key benefits include:

  • Improve productivity with integrated labour, seamless robotics onboarding and resource orchestration.
  • Improve customer loyalty with enhanced visibility that helps sense, predict and pivot when supply chain disruptions occur.
  • Reduce costs by taking advantage of the logistics network and partner ecosystem.
  • Decrease administrative overhead by reducing manual task manipulation to focus on value-added activities. 

To read more about Blue Yonder, click here! 

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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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