Peter de Haer, CEO from HAI – interview by ISPT
ISPT, the Institute for Sustainable Process Technology, interviewed HAI smart4industries about collaboration in the energy transition. They spoke to Peter de Haer, CEO at HAI. HAI is a leading Dutch technology provider that provides cloud computing software to the process industry. HAI cooperates with ISPT in the Engineering for Business Intelligence (EBI) project.
Some interesting takeaways from this interview:
The process industry cannot make their existing process installations sustainable overnight. The transformation to more sustainable production plants takes years and requires substantial investments.
“Process monitoring and data analysis, however, can be started right away”, says Peter. That means unlocking factory data and using it to work smarter: in real time to support operators. If operators have a real-time insight into the right data, it helps them to make the right decisions in the way they control the process. A good example is a French fries manufacturer where the operators in charge of the oven have a real-time view of the (bio)gas consumption of their line. Together with other measures, this factory now uses 50% less gas than comparable factories.
Data analysis on the other hand is very useful for technologists and the quality department. It enables manufacturers to simply produce smarter without having to make major changes to their process installations. Examples include reducing quality issues and product loss, and preventing unnecessary emissions and making better use of production resources, especially raw materials, water and energy. So data science, including machine learning and artificial intelligence is of great help here.
An investment in this type of digitization is generally earned back quickly. “It’s a matter of killing two birds with one stone: producing more cost-effective and more sustainable”, says Peter.
An important driver for digitization and data science is the cloud. By using cloud services, manufacturers keep their costs low and predictable, and have access to the latest technology and data security. This makes digitization accessible to all companies in the process industry.
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