May 16, 2020

North Florida Manufacturing and Logistics Corridor aims to grow sectors in the region

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North Florida Manufacturing and Logistics Corridor
Jacksonville
US
Sophie Chapman
2 min
North Florida Manufacturing and Logistics Corridor to boost industry in region
On 27 February, a consortium of four economic development organisations launched the North Florida Manufacturing and Logistics Corridor.

The consortium...

On 27 February, a consortium of four economic development organisations launched the North Florida Manufacturing and Logistics Corridor.

The consortium includes Great Northwest, Opportunity Florida, the North Florida Economic Development Partnership, and JAXUSA Partnership.

The initiative aims to push growth in the industries across 34 Floridian counties, between Pensacola in the West and Jacksonville in the East, featuring 1.5mn people within the workforce.

The corridor is 362 miles long, and features several major cities, such as Pensacola, Tallahassee, Lake City, and Jacksonville.

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The firms plan to generate opportunities and projects within the manufacturing, logistics, and distributions sectors.

By covering so much land and population, the North Florida Manufacturing and Logistics Corridor can focus not only on large, urban cities, but also rural communities.

The project will target 20mn people within Florida and 58mn around the state, and partner with 60 institutions within education with the intentions of progressing future generations.

North Florida is a hub for the manufacturing industry, hosting huge manufacturing corporations such as Boeing, GE, Georgia Pacific, Johnson & Johnson and WestPoint Home.

The north of the state also features substantial integrated infrastructures – deep-water ports, international airports, rail lines, and interstates.

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Jun 16, 2021

Fluent.ai x BSH: Voice Automating the Assembly Line

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BSH
AI
Technology
2 min
Fluent.ai and BSH announce plans to bring speech-to-intent AI to the assembly line that will increase factory efficiency and improve worker ergonomics

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’. 

 

 

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