The digitalization journey starts with the end-user planning the modern pulp, paper or bioproduct mill. The end user selects an EPC to carry out the project. It is then often the EPC who approaches vendors such as us by requesting a quotation for the planned valves in the pipeline. This is where better data exchange between end- user, EPCs and the vendors can help streamline this wealth of data to help make the most of it as efficiently as possible. Standardization of data formats as well as effective digital tools, speeds up the planning and implementation process, minimizes errors, creates transparency and eventually ensures the best possible outcome for the end customer.
The beginning of the digital journey
But this is only the beginning of the digital journey. The data from the planning, quotation and delivery phase can then be combined with historical and real-time performance data to both monitor and improve operations and minimize risks. For example, accurate valve data collected by our smart devices in active operation is of great value for predictive maintenance and to prevent unplanned shutdowns. Being able to analyze several years of process control data also provides precious insight for prioritizing maintenance efforts and active process optimization. In essence, having well-structured data and the right digital tools can improve efficiency, end product quality, environmental performance and ultimately the profitability of mill operations.
Today, this data already helps us design and deliver new valve technologies and services that address the changing needs of the pulp, paper and bioproducts industry. This wealth of knowledge collected from thousands of data points along the way, structured and formatted correctly, is helping us serve our customers, both EPCs and end users, better than ever before. At the same time, we have to remember that we are only at the beginning of this digitalization journey. Technology will continue to develop and present more opportunities every day. We can’t wait to see what this journey will bring to the process industries in the future.
In other blog posts, we take a closer look at some of the segments of this digitalization journey. Stay tuned.
This blog post has been up-dated in July 2020, due to company name change to Neles.