NASA grants $5.2mn contract to Auburn’s National Centre for 3D printing
NASA has awarded a $5.2mn contract to Auburn University’s Samuel Ginn College of Engineering for Auburn’s National Centre for Additive Manufacturing Excellence, according to The Plainsman.
As part of the three-year contract, the expansion will allow the long-standing partnership between Auburn and NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Centre to continue to develop.
Mike Ogles, director of NASA programmes in the College of Engineering, set to serve as project manager, commented: “This contract is a giant leap toward making Alabama the go-to state for additive manufacturing. We look forward to growing our partnership with NASA, industry and academia as we support the development of our nation's next rocket engines.”
It is anticipated that the contract will aim to enhance additive manufacturing processes and techniques in order to improve the development of liquid-rocket engines.
Christopher Roberts, head of Auburn's Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, said: “For decades, Auburn engineers have been instrumental in helping the U.S, achieve its space-exploration goals. This new collaboration between NASA and our additive-manufacturing researchers will play a major role in developing advanced rockets that will drive long-duration space flight, helping our nation achieve its bold vision for the future of space.”
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’.