Teemu Klingberg is Director, Industrial Infrastructure at Nevel Oy. Teemu has many years of international experience from various managerial and specialist positions in the energy and process industries. He is passionate about business development and generating customer value.
Changes in the market environment have put increasing pressure on industrial companies to find new opportunities to strive towards sustainability and CO2 neutrality. To solve these challenges, industrial companies are turning to the opportunities offered by the platform economy. It can help ensure that resources are not consumed unnecessarily and waste is reused or minimised. A great example of this is the closed-loop factory system, which optimises utility, material and information flows.
An increasing number of industrial companies are developing Green Factory concepts, with the goal to become carbon neutral and create a closed loop. These concepts aim to identify efficiencies and fully reuse resources, generating only products and no waste. Improving resource efficiency and minimising waste are effective ways to impact the bottom line while also complying with regulations and meeting sustainability demands. The goal is to build future-proof infrastructure that improves business performance while minimising emissions and waste. Using excess heat or industrial by-products of the production process, such as sludge, sawdust or oat husks, as an energy source not only saves energy costs, it also minimises fuel and transportation costs, further increasing both the environmental and the economic benefits.
For future-looking companies looking to take maximum advantage of all these opportunities, the closed-loop factories approach offers a route towards an optimised and resource-efficient future. But developing and taking these new operating models into use requires new ways of working and the right expertise. High levels of automation and advanced machine-learning technology are paired with specialised remote operation experts to ensure safe production and resource efficiency. Automation and machine intelligence eliminate human error and performance variations between shifts. Constant collection and analysis of equipment performance and condition data enables an innovative way to improve decision-making and optimise efficiency – turning previous challenges into an opportunity.