HKSTP: advanced manufacturing for multi-industry facility
In support of its development of Asia’s first multi-industry advanced manufacturing facility, integrated with automated and smart logistics solutions, has awarded a 10-year exclusive logistics services contract to .
"We are very excited to partner with HKSTP on the AMC, which integrates innovative manufacturing and logistics under one roof. Going beyond just an automated logistics center, the AMC houses tenants from diffuse industries to promote R&D and production activities. The multi-purpose use of this building not only forges a stronger partnership between manufacturers and brand owners through a more agile and collaborative supply chain, but also advances industrial transformation from the ground up,” commented Christopher Pollard, CEO of DB Schenker Greater China.
All you need to know about HKSTP’s Advanced Manufacturing Centre (AMC)
Located in the Tseung Kwan O Industrial Estate, HKSTP’s Advanced Manufacturing Centre (AMC) is expected to be complete by 2022.
The facility has been designed to support high value added, and on-demand manufacturing in Hong Kong.
By harnessing DB Schenker’s logistics expertise and processes, the facility with ‘smart production’ at its core, aims to create a fully serviced production base, streamlining operations from manufacturing through to testing and end-to-end supply chain management in one location.
As the facilities exclusive logistics partner, DB Schenker will offer a complete spectrum of supply chain management and value added services across multiple industries.
It is said that the AMC will be a key driver for Hong Kong to achieve its vision of re-industrialisation, by provide innovators access to ‘world-class process excellence’ to drive innovation, design and the manufacturing of products.
“Our partnership with DB Schenker on the AMC, is a significant milestone and a testament to the positive progress in realizing Hong Kong’s re-industrialisation vision. The AMC combines best-in-class logistics with the latest advanced manufacturing technology to turn the “Made in Hong Kong” brand into ready-to-scale, ready-to-distribute, ready-for-market products, at rapid speed,” added Albert Wong, CEO at HKSTP.
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’.