May 16, 2020

JCB to manufacturing site dumpers in Staffordshire, creating 70 jobs

jcb
Staffordshire
Dumper
UK
Sophie Chapman
1 min
JCB to create 70 new jobs in Rocester
The British construction equipment manufacturer, JCB, has announced that it will start manufacturing its own site dumpers at its Global Headquarters.

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The British construction equipment manufacturer, JCB, has announced that it will start manufacturing its own site dumpers at its Global Headquarters.

The move will requite the company to hire an additional 70 jobs within the next 12 months to meet demand and production.

The headquarters, located in a village called Rocester in Staffordshire, is to produce a range of dumpers, including the innovative seven-tonne payload JCB 7T-1 Front Tip Hi-Viz model.

The dumper is especially designed to meet industry concerns of safety and accidents related to equipment on construction sites.

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“We are delighted that manufacturing is underway in the UK for a brand-new range of JCB site dumpers, which will bring new levels of safety to the market through innovation,” reported Richard Butler, Site Dumper Manging Director at JCB.

“Reaction to the launch of this new range has been exceptional and customers can look forward to seeing the seven and three tonne models on the JCB stand at the Executive Hire Show in February.”

The firm’s seven-tonne payload dumper is part of a range of eight other machines meeting the one to nine tonne markets.

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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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