Jan 21, 2021

IIC/CESMII: driving transformative business value with IIoT

SmartManufacturing
COVID19
IIoT
DigitalTransformation
Georgia Wilson
2 min
IIoT, industrial internet of things, Industry 4.0
IIC and CESMII form strategic partnership to accelerate the development, adoption, and monetization of Industrial IoT (IIoT...

Following the outbreak of COVID-19, the world has seen digital transformation adoption - in a matter of months - rapidly accelerate, with McKinsey reporting that on average digital offerings have “leapfrogged seven years of progress in a matter of months.”

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With executive being three times more likely to state that at least 80% of their interactions are digital in nature, businesses are striving to meet these shifting demands. 

IIC and CESMII: accelerating the development, adoption, and monetization of Industrial IoT (IIoT)

In a recent announcement made by The Industrial Internet Consortium® (IIC™) and CESMII – The Smart Manufacturing Institute, the two organisations have formed a strategic partnership to “accelerate the development, adoption, and monetization of Industrial IoT (IIoT) technologies, infrastructure and solutions to deliver transformative business value for manufacturers through digital transformation.”

The benefits of smart manufacturing (SM)

In adopting - at scale - smart manufacturing (SM) manufacturers stand to benefit from a strategic harmonisation of reference architectures, testbeds, knowledge, and key SM technologies.

In forming a strategic partnership the two organisations will help to accelerate the democratisation of SM in all industries and business sizes.

Activities to take place as part of the strategic partnership

  • Providing access to SM Innovation Platform, SM Profiles, and the SM Marketplace
  • Realising solution interoperability by harmonising technology components (and other elements) via coordination, collaboration, and standardisation
  • Aligning work in horizontal domains to be adopted in vertical domains
  • Providing thought leadership and knowledge exchange

“Digital transformation is at the heart of the next generation of Smart Manufacturing, bringing a host of benefits. We are looking forward to collaborating with CESMII and sharing the goal of innovation to accelerate the digitalization of industry,” commented Wael William Diab, Chair of the IIC Liaison Working Group and Secretary of the IIC Steering Committee.

“Resilient manufacturing and supply chains demand a much greater degree of data and application interoperability. CESMII is committed to democratizing Smart Manufacturing technologies and knowledge to scale innovation. This IIC partnership will help us achieve those goals, establishing standard means for data modeling, information sharing and solutions interoperability,” added John Dyck, CEO at CESMII. 

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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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