The March edition of Manufacturing Global is live
Welcome to the March edition of Manufacturing Global, where our cover star this month is Europe’s largest motorbike manufacturer, KTM Group. Managing Director, Luca Martin, has been at the heart of the company’s expansion, where it has sought to tap into the flourishing Asian market. He discusses how the business has transformed its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Laguna, right in the heart of the Philippines and much more.
Designing and manufacturing sustainable packaging solutions for supermarkets and retailers, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of TrakRap, Martin Leeming, also looks at how its investment in new digital solutions has impacted its packaging systems. Serge Corriveau, Vice President of Supply Chain at Emmerson Packaging, supports this vision, where he explores at how Emmerson’s innovative SmartPack has sought to reduce the company’s environmental impact without compromising on quality or lead times across the manufacturing space.
The explosion of new digital tools has not only impacted traditional manufacturers, but will also bring a multitude of benefits to sectors such as healthcare and automotive. While Ricoh has explored the impact of new printing technologies in European healthcare systems, Desktop Metal takes a closer look at how it continually supports automotive giants, such as Ford and BMW who have turned towards the implementation of 3D printed parts.
Elsewhere, we take a look at the top 10 Fast-Moving Consumer Goods companies worldwide and essential manufacturing events in 2019.
Don’t forget to also check out our company profiles with Flowserve and Rubie’s Costume Design.
The issue can be read here.
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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’.