RK Logistics Group: A Future With Massive Expansion
RK Logistics Group (RKLG), a Silicon Valley-based leading provider of warehousing, ecommerce fulfilment and supply chain management services, has just announced its intention to accelerate growth with expansions at two South Bay sites. The company’s ambitions include adding up to 100,000 square feet of new warehouse space in 2021, to maximise their clients’ capacity for production.
RKLG has already launched new warehousing and distribution initiatives and operations in a new facility in Hayward, “subscribing the 40,200 square foot facility with clients in the semiconductor equipment and automotive manufacturing industries.” The company has also announced the renewal of its lease at their 42,000 square foot facility in Fremont, which is used to support LAM Research Corporation as they fight for supremacy in the hyper-competitive semiconductor industry.
At the moment, RKLG has already designed and deployed specialised, industry-specific programmes providing dedicated warehousing, inventory stocking, optimisation and management, order picking and fulfilment, and on-demand expedited delivery services for their semiconductor and automotive manufacturing clients. “The operations provide just-in-time line-side manufacturing deliveries of subassemblies, components, and parts on a 24-hour basis. Other value-added services include light manufacturing such as pre-assembly and kitting.”
The company announced that it is currently in the planning phase for their upcoming 100,000 square foot expansion of warehousing and distribution, and intend to open the new facility in the first quarter of 2021. It will present an excellent opportunity to both industries that utilise RKLG’s space as the new space can accommodate growth for current clients and space for new ones. The company itself will also create up to 50 new jobs through their expansion, primarily for skilled professionals in the fields of warehouse operations, technical support, and management.
“From mid-summer on, we’ve seen a surge in demand for quality warehouse capacity staffed with experienced associates,” noted Rock Magnan, president of RK Logistics. “And it’s not letting up. We’re currently putting that growth into our Hayward and Fremont facilities, where we expect to hire another three managers, six supervisors, and up to 40 hourly employees by the end of this year.”
About RK Logistics Group:
“RK Logistics is a premier 3PL provider of full-spectrum, customised supply chain services for the world's most demanding customers. RK's manufacturing support, warehousing, order fulfilment and transportation services feature lean practices, ISO-9001 and CA Board of Pharmacy 3PL Certifications, which is unique to a family-owned business. RK Logistics is also a certified minority business enterprise.”
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’.