Litmus and Oden Fuse IIoT Solutions For Smart Manufacturing
At the back end of September, Litmus, an Intelligent Edge company, announced that it had entered into a partnership with Oden Technologies, a company that uses Industrial IoT and applied analytics solutions to help manufacturers solve everyday problems that they face. In collaboration, the two companies intend to offer a solution for Smart Manufacturing that will include out-of-the-box data acquisition from any interconnected machine, alongside advanced analytics, and machine learning functions. The combination of these three features should drive greater production efficiency in the manufacturing space.
Litmus Edge, if you haven’t heard of it, is a data intelligence platform that collects, normalises, and finally, analyses the large batches of real-time data that Internet of Things (IoT)-enhanced industrial assets generate whilst working. The software then makes all of the analytics accessible and available to OT and IT systems via edge-to-enterprise integration. In this collaborative effort, Oden will apparently provide the computing power to process the exponential amount of data from industrial machines, as well as machine learning functions, and real-time, predictive process metrics.
“We can get customers up and running by connecting to any machine and collecting data in minutes, then integrate that data with Oden so customers can see proven predictive and prescriptive applications to deliver value in under 30 days,” said John Younes, co-founder and COO, Litmus. “Litmus provides intelligence at the edge, and Oden provides the cloud-based analytics and machine learning necessary to predict and prevent problems, then prescribe actions that lead to better business decisions.”
Running On A Loop
The idea behind Litmus Edge is that manufacturers deploy the system on the Edge ─ a distributed computing paradigm that brings computation and data storage closer to the location where it is needed. There will be more than 250 pre-built drivers to connect to any PLC, CNC, senor, robotic system or SCADA/MES/Historian, ready to automatically process and normalise the data that they share, with no programming necessary. It’s literally an “out-of-the-box” solution for manufacturers worldwide.
Litmus then pings the cleaned data over to the Oden Industrial AI Platform, which will provide real-time metrics and reports along with suggestions on predictive quality, performance optimisation, and various other automated insights. Oden sends the information back to Litmus Edge, which feeds the machine learning models back into the industrial assets and they optimise themselves to suit the new data.
Then, the system rinses and repeats, continually, to ensure that assets are always maintained and running optimally so that manufacturers always achieve the best results possible.
“With Litmus + Oden, customers can create a complete source of truth for all production data,” said Willem Sundblad, Cofounder and CEO, Oden Technologies. “We are excited to partner with Litmus to deliver increased operational visibility and automated insights that help customers reduce waste, optimize performance and maximize profitability across the factory floor.”
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’.