Feb 12, 2021

General Motors invests US$100mn into US manufacturing plant

Automotive
GeneralMotors
investment
production
Georgia Wilson
2 min
General Motors Chevrolet Truck
General Motors (GM) announces plans to invest US$100mn into its US manufacturing plant, boosting its full-size truck transmission capacity...

In an announcement made by General Motors (GM), the company reports plans to invest US$100mn into two of its US manufacturing facilities. 

“Demand for our Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra full-size pickups continues to be very strong and we are taking action to increase the availability of our trucks for our dealers and customers,” said Phil Kienle, GM vice president, North America Manufacturing and Labor Relations. “We appreciate the commitment and hard work our teams display every day at work in Romulus and Bedford, and these investments reflect the importance of their efforts.”

Romulus, Michigan propulsion plant

Of the US$100mn, US$93mn will be invested into its Romulus, Michigan propulsion plant, adding machining capabilities to the plant. 

GM’s Romulus plant currently builds V-6 engines and 10-speed transmissions, it originally opened in the 1970s as part of its Detroit Diesel Allison Division making diesel engines and components.

Since the 1980s when it began producing engines, the plant has produced more than 10.8mn V-8 engines and more than 6.6mn V-6 engines.

Bedford, Indiana casting operation

The remaining US$7mn will be invested into its Bedford, Indiana casting operations to increase its die casting capabilities.

Located in south central Indiana, Bedford Casting Operations is a leading aluminum die casting facility and produces transmission casings, converter housings, heads, and small gas engine blocks.

Both investments made by GM will support the increased production of its 10-speed automatic transmissions used in its Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra, with work beginning immediately at both sites.

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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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