Feb 12, 2021

Ericsson deploys private cellular campus network

Ericson
Calpak
COSMOTE
SmartManufacturing
Georgia Wilson
2 min
Calpak manufacturing facility
Ericsson deploys first private cellular campus network in Greece for smart manufacturing...

Designed and deployed by Ericsson and COSMOTE, at Calpak’s fully automated, solar water heater production facility in Greece, the company is supporting Calpak’s digital transformation with an innovative connectivity solution based on a private cellular campus network.

The innovative connectivity solution is driving the adoption of industry 4.0 and smart manufacturing capabilities in Greece. It reportedly provides excellent security and flexibility to resolve key challenges when it comes to smart manufacturing. 

“We are very pleased with this key partnership, with COSMOTE, and with pioneering Greek companies like Gizelis Robotics and Calpak, as well as industrial platform leader, PTC. At long last, we are witnessing the realization of the great potential of mobile broadband and in particular the use of 4G/5G technology for improving the productivity and competitiveness of the Greek manufacturing sector. This is a historic moment for Ericsson in Greece, as we are adding yet another key ‘first’ to our long and successful presence in the country,” commented George Pappas, Chairman and Managing Director, Ericsson Hellas.

Meeting Calpak’s immediate and future needs

The new campus network was designed by Ericsson and COSMOTE to meet the immediate and future needs of Calpak’s by providing advanced wireless connectivity for its two fully automated production lines.

In addition to the new network, Gizelis Robotics is also providing connected robotic arms, and PTC’s Industrial IoT (IIoT) and Augmented Reality (AR) platforms have been integrated into the campus network as part of the project.

Harnessing such technologies Calpak will benefit from a fully connected, automated production ecosystem,that will increase productivity, lower costs, optimise quality, and ensure fewer disruptions.

“At COSMOTE we have the know-how and experience to provide businesses with innovative solutions that accelerate their digital transformation, enhance their competitiveness, and, as a result, help the Greek economy to grow. Through the implementation of complex tech projects, such as the first mobile campus network in Greece, we prove that we lead the technological developments. With technology as our ally, along with 5G's unlimited possibilities, we will create a better world for all,” added Grigoris Christopoulos, OTE Group Chief Commercial Officer, Business Segment.

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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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