May 16, 2020

Coca-Cola builds a new factory in the Gaza Strip

Coca-Cola Manufacturing
Manufacturing
Coca-Cola
Middle Ea
Glen White
1 min
HVAC
Following the official approval by Israels defense leaders, construction of a brand new Coca-Cola factory in the Gaza Strip will get underway this week...

Following the official approval by Israel’s defense leaders, construction of a brand new Coca-Cola factory in the Gaza Strip will get underway this week.

In order to set the planning process in motion, a Palestinian entrepreneur was required to submit a factory-building request to the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories. Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon subsequently agreed to accept COGAT head Maj.-Gen. Yoav Mordechai’s recommendation to go ahead with the project.

According to Ynet, the new Coca-Cola manufacturing facility will initially create jobs for hundreds of Palestinians, and eventually for 3,000 employees. The factory will be erected in the Karni industrial area, and the entire construction process will take six months.

While the Karni border crossing continues to remain closed, the industrial area is still active. The Karni border crossing will not be reopened after the factory becomes operational, and any transfer of goods will be conducted through the Kerem Shalom border crossing.

Israel’s defense establishment hopes that the new drink factory, like other planned manufacturing plants, will benefit Gaza’s economy, decrease terrorism and help stimulate the acceleration of Gaza’s rehabilitation.

Gaza residents have until now been receiving their Coca-Cola products from a factory in Ramallah, an arrangement that often led to a shortage whenever the border crossings were closed.

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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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