The February issue of Manufacturing Global is live!
This month, we speak to Claire Vyvyan, Senior Vice President for Dell UK & Ireland, rega...
Welcome to Manufacturing Global’s February 2018 edition.
This month, we speak to Claire Vyvyan, Senior Vice President for Dell UK & Ireland, regarding the technology giant’s research into digital transformation and how its diverse range of services can benefit the manufacturing industry. “In the last 15 years we’ve had the internet, the iPhone and the emergence of the likes of Airbnb. Now we’re trying to envisage what will happen in the next 15 years, beyond 2030,” she explains.
We also grab some time with Lean Enterprise Leader Marcia Brey from GE Appliances who explains how an improved ownership experience boosts the bottom line.
Elsewhere, Greg Carter, CEO of Growth Street, discusses the difficulties many SMEs face when accessing working capital, and the importance of placing people at the heart of your business, whilst our operational excellence slot advises business leaders on how to prevent their supply chains from entering a death spiral.
As if all that wasn’t enough, we also rank the top 10 chemical manufacturers in the world and highlight the biggest manufacturing events of 2018.
Enjoy the issue!
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’.