Simplifying compliance for manufacturers
Manufacturers must comply with legislation to declare the amount of packaging they’re placing on the market. The problem is the rules dictating what companies need to declare are different in every single country.
Global health, beauty and home care product market leader Amway has appointed Lorax Compliance to provide software and services to ensure the corporation meets its worldwide environmental reporting obligations.
Amway’s extensive product portfolio includes Nutrilite supplements, iCook kitchenware and Artistry, one of the world’s top premium skincare brands.
As a manufacturer and brand owner, Amway must report on the amount of packaging, electronic and battery waste associated with the thousands of products it distributes globally each year. This complex compliance process also requires a detailed specification of all packaging produced, in addition to any discarded packaging which Amway places on the market.
In working with Lorax, Amway will use the compliance specialists’ software to fulfil its global Extended Producer Responsiblity (EPR) obligations. Lorax’s system utilises Amazon Web Services’ (AWS) cloud-based platform to collate and analyse data gathered from across Amway’s manufacturing database in relation to the company’s product packaging, electronics and batteries usage.
Lorax’s software will enable Amway to more easily and accurately calculate its fee paying obligations, which are based on the volume of electronics, batteries and packaging the company places on the market across 24 countries.
The challenge of reporting obligations varying in different countries is dealt with using a bespoke template created for Amway, which automates multi-country and ad hoc reporting.
EPR waste legislation requires companies that place a certain amount of packaging, electronics and batteries on the market must help to fund the collection, treatment, recycling and recovery of these items.
Amway’s Senior Regulatory Analyst Elaine Carrington said: “Our partnership with Lorax is fundamental to ensuring our environmental compliance, which we must declare across our global markets. Lorax’s software enables us to deliver complete accuracy and timeliness in calculating our fee paying obligations against thousands of products in over 20 countries. Equally, the in-depth knowledge of global environmental compliance held across Lorax’s team substantially eases the burden for our markets, giving us the confidence that all our obligations are being met with this hassle-free solution.”
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’.