Archive 2020

Great interest in AI at ITF Automation Days

Calejo’s CEO Johannes Holmberg participated as a speaker at ITF Automation Days February 5-6 in Gothenburg.

– I notice that today there is a completely different craving from the industry after learning more about successful practical input projects in AI. Many are now tired of all the visions and beautiful words and want to know more about successful cases, he explains

This year’s ITF Automation Days at the Eriksbergshallen in Gothenburg took place on 5-6 February and gathered around 200 experts in the automation field in Sweden. The days of the year were about how digitalisation and modern automation should be implemented and how this affects the development of today’s and tomorrow’s industry.

The interest from the participants was great for AI in general, but above all for applied AI in the industry. This was mainly talked about by four companies – BillerudKorsnäs, Nouryon, ABB and Calejo Industrial Intelligence.

Peter Wallin, CEO of Piia, began by focusing on the next phase of the industry’s digitalisation in the form of AI. He said that the demand for industrial AI is increasing in line with the insights about the values ​​that technology can release.

Industries at the forefront

BillerudKorsnäs has been working focused on identifying, testing and implementing various applications of AI since 2016, and Olle Steffner, Director of IP Management, highlighted in his presentation some of the most important experiences they have made when translating words and visions into profitable and measurable results.

Stefan Malmsten, Nouryon presented a physical case, where they have built their own platform and use AI to partly optimize production efficiency and at the same time overall optimize total production based on the energy market in near real time.

Several successful projects

From Calejo, CEO Johannes Holmberg participated, who in his speech described AI’s development and potential broadly, but also came up with Calejo’s unique solution of building digital twins and optimizing processes using gray box modeling and he also presented several of the specific AI projects , which Calejo facilitates together with, among others, SCA, Boliden and Processum.

– We have now repeatedly been able to show that our patent-pending technology works and that this can be used to optimize and make major automation gains and environmental improvements in virtually all parts of the industry’s processes, he explained, adding as a summary of all meetings after two successful automation days:

– I notice that today there is a completely different craving from the industry after learning more about successful practical industrial projects in AI. Many are now tired of all the visions and beautiful words and want to know more about successful cases.

Calejo highlighted in a forest industry conference

“Through our sharp and unique technology, we have succeeded in implementing several successful AI projects in the industry. I am happy that we now in this context also can reach a wider audience by explaining the potential of AI for the forest industry, ”said Johannes Holmberg, CEO of Calejo Industrial Intelligence in connection with his recent speech at PPT (Pulp, Paper & Technology) group’s annual meeting at Sweco’s head quarter in Stockholm.

The speech was very well received by the more than one hundred people with representatives from the entire Swedish forest and process industry.

In particular, Johannes Holmberg presented the successful project that Calejo is implementing together with SCA at SCA Obbola outside Umeå.

– Here, together we have succeeded in demonstrating the optimization possibilities of energy use in the pulp process by anticipating the need for steam and using accumulated energy in the process to ensure that there is always enough steam, he explained and continued:

– We have carried out several successful projects with the process industry, all of which have confirmed that the optimization engine Calejo Optimize can be used to better understand and optimize production. We have made a successful PoC with Uniper in hydropower. In 2019 we have started several successful projects with, among others, SCA, ABB, Boliden, Optimization and Processum. We are also planning for many new projects with several of Sweden’s most AI-mature companies and we have started collaborative discussions with some of the largest and leading technology consulting companies in Sweden, all of whom are very interested in being able to collaborate around Calejo Optimize.

Other speakers during the very well-informed and informative day was Stora Enso’s Swedish director Per Lyrvall, energy guru Lars Stigsson from KIRAM, Magnus Lundmark from Domsjö Fabriker, Per Bjurbom, head of Shanying Europe, and Göran Örlander from Södra.