Jan 5, 2021

SAP: Sustainability comes to the forefront

Bizclik Editor
2 min
Sustainable supply chain
Supply Chain Digital examines SAP’s eGuide “Surviving and Thriving: How Supply Chain Leaders can minimise risk and maximise opportunities...

In the last of four articles, we zone in on the importance of sustainability.

Sustainability will be an increasingly important focus for organisations worldwide over the coming years as they seek to satisfy consumer demand and comply with regulations, while still meeting their individual goals. 71% of respondents to SAP’s survey outlined that their organisations have a plan to decrease carbon emissions, while 86% believed that a sustainable supply chain is a competitive advantage and makes them stand apart.

Leaders showcase the importance of these priorities by being willing to sacrifice profits in the short-term to meet their goals. Three-quarters of Leaders confirmed that they are willing to do so and this inclination to give up impressive financial metrics is vital as they make way for other companies on their sustainability journeys.

As a Supply Chain Leader, this means experimenting to find innovative solutions and leading the charge in transitioning to sustainable manufacturing and sourcing, even if those solutions in the short-term come at the expense of profitability. A large proportion of Leaders are already addressing sustainability issues in some of their products across manufacturing, engineering and delivery with 69% confirming they have introduced sustainable practices on a wide scale across their supply chains in these areas. 

According to SAP’s analysis, sustainability was found to be the most challenging area for improvement for Supply Chain Leaders. They highlighted time to implementation (59%) and customer demand for speed and convenience (49%) as top obstacles to achieving sustainability. Additionally, they are increasingly more likely than others to say that designing sustainable products and sourcing sustainable materials has grown even more challenging over the past three years.

While all companies face stiff headwinds when it comes to ensuring sustainability throughout their supply chains, it’s important to keep an eye on customer-centricity and insights from real-time data that could simplify the task. In addition, the use of intelligent technologies can help firms meet their sustainability goals and reach their targets.

To read SAP’s full report on how Supply Chain Leaders can minimise risk and maximise opportunities, click here!

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Jun 16, 2021

Fluent.ai x BSH: Voice Automating the Assembly Line

Fluentai
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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