TRW Automotive Names Colleen Hanley Director, Global Communications
Global automotive supplier TRW Automotive has revealed that Colleen Hanley has joined the company as director of Global Communications.
Hanley is to be based at TRW headquarters in Livonia, Michigan, and will report directly to Peter Lake, executive vice president of Sales and Business Development. She will be responsible for developing the company’s global internal and external communications strategy and will also serve as the firm’s key spokesperson with all major media audiences.
In joining TRW, Hanley left her role of vice president of marketing, communications and government affairs for CareTech Solutions, a healthcare IT services company. She also brings with her experience from the automotive industry where she held many communications-related positions at ArvinMeritor and EDS.
A graduate of Michigan State University, Hanley holds a Bachelor’s degree in communication and a Master’s in advertising. She is also the 2013 Communicator of the Year as honored by the International Association of Business Communicator's Detroit chapter.
TRW is one of the world’s leading automotive suppliers, recording sales of $17.4 billion in 2013 and present in 24 countries across the globe and employer of around 65,000 people.
Its major products include include integrated vehicle control and driver assist systems, braking systems, steering systems, suspension systems, occupant safety systems (seat belts and airbags), electronics, engine components, fastening systems and aftermarket replacement parts and services.
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’.