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Antti Salmi Interview: The impact of Digitalisation in the Energy sector

February 26, 2020
  • InfraTalks – utility infrastructure insight

While IoT and automation reduce the number of man-hours in production, they also require new competences. In the energy sector, the estimate is that 44% of work can be automated.* 

Interview: Antti Salmi, Manager,
Automation and Analytics, Nevel

What’s the role of digital operations at Nevel in practice?

“I manage the entire Nevel Digital operations and maintenance platform, covering dozens of sites. We have centralised the traditional on-site operations and maintenance functions and are able to operate several plants and projects simultaneously by taking advantage of machine learning and using data streams from various plants. Through our automation system, we can access data from multiple sites to compare, benchmark and optimise operations. My work is all about data management and making sure our platform is always functional and constantly developing.”

With our help, customers can track the desired information, such as production efficiency or material loss. We are able to demonstrate tangible savings through reduced fuel consumption and improved production predictability.

“In practice, our customers benefit from economies of scale since the system learns continuously; tasks can be automated and the solutions become more intelligent. They also benefit from increased transparency over their production processes because we can spot issues and trends online, in the data, that can’t be seen on the ground at the plant. We are also able to predict production and support production planning – it’s like looking through a door instead of a keyhole.”

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*Source: McKinsey Global Institute, A future that works, automation employment and productivity.