An employee carefully balances a heavy roll on both arms to the production line. He has no hand free for a keystroke. "Open unwind." A mechanism is set in motion and opens the coil only by speech. Now the heavy roll can be inserted and the production process continues.
What sounds like dreams of the future could soon be reality at Roche; Manuel Wenz and Lukas Nagel are working on exactly that: a language assistant for production systems. The two engineers work in the Manufacturing Technology Solutions unit at Roche in Mannheim, which is concerned with the implementation of manufacturing technologies and processes that cannot be bought off the peg.