New Aerospace Hub Gives Australian Manufacturers Global Perspective
Australia's META, a collaborative manufacturing network, will launch a new National Commercial Aerospace Hub today.
META (Manufacturing Excellence Taskforce of Australia) made the announcement at the CAPA Australia Pacific Aviation Summit 2014 in Sydney. The hub is a partnership between META and Aviation/Aerospace Australia.
According to META, the goal is to create “connections between Australian manufacturers, researchers and industry experts” to take advantage of growing opportunities in the commercial aerospace sector.
Those involved in the hub claim that the opportunities it provides are vast, citing Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu research that has predicted some 36,770 wide-body passenger aircraft (worth roughly $5.5 trillion) will be delivered globally over the next twenty years. The hub is also expected to utilize some of the skilled workforce made redundant by the automotive industry.
In a statement, META's managing director, Zoran Angelkovski, said that the hub's goal is to "take advantage of huge untapped opportunities” in the global market. The statement also calls for greater participation by Australian metal component firms, who represent a mere $200 million of a $50 billion market in global procurement.
The launch follows earlier announcements from META for a Carbon Fiber Hub in May and a Sports Advanced Manufacturing Hub in July. Like the Commercial Aerospace Hub, the hubs are aimed at increasing the nation's contribution to their relative markets, particularly in regard to employment.
META's members include what it calls “high performance manufacturing businesses” as well as Australia’s universities and The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization.
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’.