Town End Farm Partnership awaits second bid on manufacturing complex proposal
The developer of a proposed project, Town End Farm Partnership, is awaiting the second bid for it manufacturing project, to be located in Sunderland.
The complex would create 1,300 in the North East of England, and would be built on land already owned by the developer.
The land is located next to Sunderland’s Nissan site, with the site being ideal for Nissan to expand to.
However, the Sunderland City Council opposed the plan, due to the risk it poses to the International Advanced Manufacturing Park (IAMP) scheme.
The IAMP scheme aims to more than triple the amount of jobs of the proposed project could offer, with an nictitated 5,000 jobs to be created.
With this, Town End has introduced new plans, which it claims can be delivered faster than those of the IAMP scheme.
The developer is also appealing the council’s refusal of planning permission.
“Our development will secure investment to support the future growth of arguably the region’s most important employer in Nissan,” reported Peter Razaq, Director of Town End Farm Partnership.
“This comes at a time when businesses across the country are looking for reassurances that trade and manufacturing with the UK can continue post Brexit.”
“Our plans put the North East at the very heart of the resurgence of the country’s manufacturing sector.”
Fluent.ai x BSH: Voice Automating the Assembly Line
Coming soon, Fluent.ai will deploy 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’.