Feb 19, 2021

Blue yonder/PredictHQ advance demand anomaly technology

BlueYonder
PredictHQ
SmartManufacturing
demand
Georgia Wilson
2 min
Demand forecasting
Blue Yonder partners with PredictHQ to provide customers with access to verified data on impactful events that cause demand anomalies...

Latest announcements made by Blue Yonder and PredictHQ detail the two organisations’ plans to provide their retail and manufacturing customers with access to verified data on high-impact events that disrupt demand.

“Large retail and manufacturing supply chains are complex. Achieving the highest possible levels of automation and granularity is critical. Being able to incorporate forecast-grade external intelligence into our demand prediction model is a significant accelerator for our customers,” commented Christian Scherrer, Product Director and Data Scientist, Blue Yonder.

The partnership

As part of the partnership PredictHQ will integrate its data from four event categories - school holidays, public holidays, religious and cultural observances, and academic events - into Blue Yonder’s demand planning solution.

In doing so, the two organisations will provide customers access to verified, standardised and enriched data. It is also reported that customers can extend the data categories to include sports events, concerts and natural disasters.

“We’re excited to bring PredictHQ’s demand intelligence into our solution to make it even easier for our customers to drive huge efficiencies while ensuring they have the right amount of stock on hand to meet surges in demand every time,” added Scherrer

“Retailers are experiencing a huge transformation as more purchases are made online than ever before and the changing conditions in each city cause sharp increases in demand anomalies, costing millions. Businesses are shifting to more dynamic and resilient approaches such as continuous forecasting. Finding the right tools and intelligence to do that is critical, so the partnership with Blue Yonder is a great way to fast track their customers to success,” concluded Campbell Brown, Co-Founder and CEO, PredictHQ.

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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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