Capgemini: Top 10 digitally smart manufacturing consultants
Capgemini is a global leader in consulting, technology services and digital transformation. Its digital manufacturing services focus on improving the digital maturity of core manufacturing functions across product and asset lifecycle management, onsite and remote operations management, industrial IoT and Big Data, system simulation and industrial cybersecurity.
Capgemini draws on deep expertise in consulting, technology and engineering services, in combination with a network of global Applied Innovation Exchanges and a strong ecosystem of partners, to ensure clients achieve a sustainable competitive advantage from their digital investments.
Capgemini’s Manufacturing and Plant Engineering services can help tailor production as per client’s requirements, such as agile or lean production with the just-in-time approach, kanban, mass production or variable batch production.
Capgemini’s Manufacturing and Plant Engineering practices is a co-innovation Partner for some of the world’s largest Industrial Conglomerates and Tier One suppliers. Its manufacturing domain-specific solutions are derived from its Manufacturing IT strategy. Capgemini provides services across all key areas of manufacturing, which includes:
- Merging the real-world production with a virtual prototype environment by using software such as product lifecycle management (PLM).
- Improving productivity and efficiency through automation and drive technologies.
- Reducing material handling costs or improving throughput.
Capgemini offers a suite of apps tailored to every need and can be integrated into the end-to-end use cases. Andy3D is the only remote platform providing digital continuity of 3D models and being fully customisable to the IT environment, the solution accelerates:
- Collaboration and knowledge sharing, between workers in mobility – in-situ or on customers’ sites – and remote centre of excellence, such as Engineering, Maintenance and Customer services.
- Digital-physical convergence throughout all development phases: Prototyping, Industrialisation, Validation, Launching, Inspection and Maintenance.
- Full handling of operations both in products and infrastructures worlds.
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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’.