Mar 12, 2021

Spacecraft manufacturing: European Commission selects Airbus

SmartManufacturing
Aribus
EuropeanCommission
Spacecraft
Georgia Wilson
2 min
Spacecraft manufacturing in space
European Commission selects Airbus to study spacecraft manufacturing in space via the Horizon 2020 Programme...

Known as the PERIOD (PERASPERA In-Orbit Demonstration) project, Airbus has been selected by the European Commission to study spacecraft manufacturing in space via the Horizon 2020 Programme.

The PERIOD (PERASPERA In-Orbit Demonstration) project

The PERIOD (PERASPERA In-Orbit Demonstration) project - worth €3mn - will last two years focusing on satellite assembly and manufacturing in orbit. 

The ‘orbital factory’ that PERIOD envisions is expected to pioneer the construction of major components directly in space - a precursor to the future of manufacturing large structures in orbit. 

It is said that “producing directly in orbit will revolutionise the way space systems are designed, built and operated. It has significant advantages over the traditional approach – where everything is produced on Earth and subsequently transported to space – since objects made in space are freed from the constraints and requirements of launch,” states Airbus. 

To achieve their shared goal, Airbus Defence and Space is leading a team of seven European innovators to bring their expertise in multiple fields including robotic operation, virtual reality, and in-space assembly to the project.

“Airbus has been working on in-orbit manufacturing technologies for more than a decade and the PERIOD programme will help Europe move its combined technological know-how to the next level. Future large scale space systems can only be manufactured and assembled in orbit, so it’s crucial that Europe is at the forefront of this key capability,” commented Silvio Sandrone, head of Space Exploration future projects at Airbus.

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Via the PERIOD project the programme aims to demonstrate the value of in space servicing, manufacturing and assembly, as well as help Europe develop its capability and industrial infrastructure by stimulating future research and generating new market opportunities. 

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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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