PaR Systems expands in the UK by opening facility in Lillyhall
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The automated handling firm based in Minnisota, PaR Systems, has expanded in the UK as it opens a new facility in Lillyhall, Workington.
The company specialises solutions for the nuclear industry, such as cranes, manipulators, custom tooling, robotic handling systems, as well as R&D for decommissioning.
PaR Systems has confirmed an extended framework agreement allowing it to grow in the area and support Sellafield Ltd., a nuclear decommissioning company.
The firm has supported Sellafield since in opened its operations in the region in 2011.
“Opening our new facility in Lillyhall is a critical step in continuing our rapid growth in the UK and support to businesses in the area,” stated Jon Sakry, President of PaR Systems Handling Solutions.
“We’ve outgrown our previous location, and our new location will give us the space to expand our operations in the UK.”
The company aims for the new facility to not only aid with expansion in its traditional marketplace, but to help grow in aerospace, automotive, and commercial material handling.
The space will feature workshops for mechanical and electrical assembly, as well as building, testing , and refurbishing manipulator systems.
The site will also include cranes for larger-scale jobs – such as crane manufacturing, testing of remote and robotic systems, as well as providing a demonstration facility for PaR’s EXPERTOPERATORTM crane anti-sway and motion control systems.
“I am excited for the opening of our new facility at Lillyhall, as it will allow us greater space to support our nuclear remote handling work for Sellafield and our other nuclear customers, as well as space for additional automation and handling equipment for testing, research and development,” reported PaR Systems UK’s Managing Director, John McGibbon.
“We are proud to add this location in West Cumbria and to support the local industrial businesses already established in the community.”
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’.