LyondellBasell Named Responsible Care Company of the Year
The American Chemistry Council (ACC) has named LyondellBasell a Responsible Care Company of the Year, in recognition of the company’s outstanding achievement in environmental, health, safety and security (EHS&S) performance.
It is one of four companies that received the award ACC President and Chief Executive Officer Cal Dooley praised the efforts put in over the past year.
“The American Chemistry Council is pleased to recognize LyondellBasell with its highest honor – the Responsible Care Company of the Year Award,” he said.
“Through its leadership and commitment to superior environmental performance and the health and safety of its workers and the community as a whole, LyondellBasell is leading our industry in building a safer, more sustainable future.”
To be eligible for the Responsible Care Company of the Year award, companies must demonstrate how they have surpassed Responsible Care performance criteria.
This includes a safety performance rating in the top 10 percent of companies in their size category, with no significant process incidents in the previous year; positive performance measures in the areas of transportation safety, process safety and emissions reduction; and a demonstration of improvements in EHS&S performance, product stewardship, distribution safety and emergency preparedness.
LyondellBasell Chief Executive Officer Jim Gallogly said: “We never forget the real reason LyondellBasell is a Responsible Care company; it’s because we are protecting those who work in our plants and those who are our neighbors and customers.
“We take our Responsible Care commitment very personally and thank the ACC for recognizing us as we pursue health and safety excellence.”
LyondellBasell is one of the world’s largest plastics, chemical and refining companies and manufactures products at 55 sites in 18 countries.
Its products and technologies are used to make items in packaging, electronics, automotive parts, home furnishings, construction materials and biofuels.
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’.