Consortium advises UK government to focus of small manufacturers
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The UK government has been urged by a consortium to support smaller manufacturers (SMEs) if it wants to become a global powerhouse.
The consortium is led by Autodesk, and is made up of some of the UKs largest establishments, includes Lloyds Bank, Simon Kucher & Partners, MHA, and The Manufacturer.
The group also comprises of education centres and universities, such as Liverpool City Region LEP and Manchester Metropolitan University.
The consortium is backing Autodesk’s manifesto dubbed ‘Enabling the Art of the Impossible: How Britain can lead the 4th Industrial Revolution’.
“If British manufacturers are to rival those in countries such as China and India, there needs to be a fundamental shift in the industry,” reported Asif Moghal, Senior Manager of Manufacturing Industry at Autodesk.
“We feel the MSR and ISWP are great steps towards achieving this; however, a number of areas within it would benefit from further refinement.”
“Manufacturing is firmly in the national spotlight, finally. A beacon of good news in a pretty gloomy economic backdrop,” commented Henry Anson, Managing Director of The Manufacturer.
“Made Smarter, the Industrial Strategy and the increasing clamour about the UK’s relatively low productivity levels are all on the national agenda.”
“This debate is vital, but doesn’t go far enough and address the issues that are preventing manufacturers, particularly SME’s, from designing and innovating more quickly, bringing their product to market faster and gaining a sustainable competitive advantage.”
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’.