May 16, 2020

WEF releases global manufacturing index

Japan
China
India
WEF
Sophie Chapman
2 min
The Readiness for the future of production report ranks India as 30th
The World Economic Forum (WEF) has released its report ranking countries in global manufacturing positions.

In the ‘Readiness for the future of produ...

The World Economic Forum (WEF) has released its report ranking countries in global manufacturing positions.

In the ‘Readiness for the future of production report’, Japan was awarded the top spot, due to its structure of production.

The Geneva-based company then rated South Korea second, followed by Germany, Switzerland, China, Czech Republic, the US, Sweden, Austria, and then Ireland.

India was ranked 30th, ahead of fellow BRICS nations, such as Russia who ranked 35th, Brazil’s spot at 41, and South Africa at 45.

“Home to the second-largest population in the world and one of the fastest growing economies, the demand for Indian manufactured products is rising,” stated WEF.

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“India has room for improvement across the drivers of production, except for demand environment where is ranks in the top 5.”

The report focuses on the development of modern industrial strategies and places the analysed countries into fur groups; Leading (strong current base, great future potential), High Potential (limited current base, great future potential), Legacy (strong current base, potential risk in future), and Nascent (limited current base, limited future potential).

India features in the legacy group, along with Hungary, Mexico, the Philippines, Russia, Thailand, and Turkey.

China is considered a Leading Country, whilst Brazil and South Africa are considered Nascent.

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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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