Changes ahead for pharmaceutical manufacturing industry
The recent adoption of the EU FMD Delegated Act was a significant milestone for the pharmaceutical manufacturing industry – the official green light that signals a huge change for the industry. The next few months are of vital importance for manufacturers and the success of their business from 2019 hinges on how prepared they are for item-level serialisation.
While ‘serialisation readiness’ is being widely talked about and manufacturers have fewer places to hide, a key concern is how different the progress stages are for so many EU manufacturers, highlighted through Domino’s serialisation survey conducted this year. ‘The start’ of a serialisation project means for some that initial research has taken place, while for others, this translates as a fully functioning pilot programme in operation.
The announcement signals the first phase of the process which is a landmark for the European pharmaceutical packaging community, but the industry still has a long way to go as manufacturers in many cases are forced to re-invent their processes on the journey to compliance. Updating existing packaging lines to serialisation-ready equipment is a truly mammoth task, from printing durable and lightfast codes at high speeds to the ability to handle the huge amounts of data item-level serialisation will create. Therefore, while the official adoption of the security feature Act enables manufacturers to move forward with their preparations, those that have left it until now to explore options are potentially putting their EU business at risk when the deadline arrives in three years’ time. Manufacturers must take the official publication of the safety features Act as the signal to move forward with no more hesitation and ensure they are not left behind in 2019: when the industry will be able to protect patients from the dangers of counterfeit medicines better than ever before.
Written by Craig Stobie, head – global Life Sciences team, Domino Printing Sciences
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’.