Johnson Controls: simplifying factory warranty processes
Following an announcement made by Infosys, the digital services and consulting company has successfully implemented its global warranty solutions on SAP S/4 HANA to help Johnson Controls simplify its factory warranty processes across its ducted products.
The implementation enables Johnson Controls - a leader in smart and sustainable buildings - to enhance visibility into assets and become more responsive to customers.
"Warranty management of assets in smart and healthy buildings are playing an increasingly important role at a process as well as operational level. In order to address the next generation digital needs, we partnered with Infosys to create a solution for our customers with most relevant information through Johnson Controls OpenBlue digital platform," commented Krzysztof Soltan, Vice President Information Technology - Building Solutions North America & Global Retail at Johnson Controls.
Infosys states that Johnson Controls has selected Infosys as a partner over the last two decades for its in-depth knowledge of business priorities and ability to develop best-fit solutions.
As part of their partnership Infosys replaced Johnson Controls legacy system with a global warrant platform solution that leverages the latest UI/UX technologies including SAP Fiori combined with SAP S/4 HANA.
In using these technologies Johnson Controls is said to benefit from end to end, integrated and centralised warrant processes, that offers a digital first experience for B2B and B2C customers.
"The implementation of the Global Warranty Solution on SAP S/4 is a testament to our 20-year partnership with Johnson Controls. The global warranty solution integrates seamlessly with legacy systems to harmonize business processes. Through this transformation journey, we will also help Johnson Controls develop digital strategies for warranty processes. With a comprehensive warranty solution, Johnson Controls will be able to provide digital consumers with a superior after-sales experience,” added Jasmeet Singh, Executive Vice President and Global Head of Manufacturing, Infosys.
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’.