These are the 6 companies participating in the III Edition of Open Innovation 4.0 Asturias. Each of them has identified a challenge in the framework of Industry 4.0 and it is also open for you to present new opportunities under the “open challenge” modality…. Decide if you can help them!
Phase 2 begins, in which the tractor company has selected the solution it considers the most appropriate and whose promoters will participate in an Industry 4.0 Acceleration Program.
The companies chosen in this edition have been: Alavista, Neosentec, UpIntelligence, Inmmersirve Pro, Autecnia and Pixelshub, respectively. Likewise, of the 57 solutions proposed in this edition, 17 were for the Capital Energy challenge, 13 for the Zitron challenge, 11 for the Ence challenge, 8 for the Cogersa challenge and 4 for the Aleastur challenge, the other 4 have been for the Corteva challenge.
Ence has put on the table a challenge that seeks the development of an intelligent and visual system of stock control of the wood that is received in the factory, which includes its specific properties, “and allows us to increase the efficiency of the processes and the competitiveness of our biofactory”. More than an urgency, it is a need in the medium term “to guarantee an optimization of the management of this raw material, and move towards industry 4.0″, says the director of digital implementation, Luis Javier García.
For its part, from Autecnia, its managing partner Emilio Ovies believes that “innovation is the only way to create value” and that is why they work on ‘incorporating’, on existing and known technologies, “new applications of algorithmics and analytics in ‘Edge’ plant, very particularized for the field of real time, operating technologies, and that we will apply in this challenge with Ence”. In its debut at the Open Innovation and with only 18 months of life (although formed by professionals with experience of 20 years in the industrial automation technology sector), Autecnia highlights the “mutual value to obtain if we know how to fit in and compensate for our strengths and weaknesses”. The company, made up of six people, has generated a contracted business portfolio that expects to exceed one million euros by the end of 2021.
Cogersa has taken advantage of its challenge ‘Georeferenced digital twin of the landfill’ to improve the management of the data that it collects in the measurement and inspection processes “to facilitate the control and analysis of values by trend charts and other analytical methods”. Also, “due to the need to support the management process by exploring the possibility of carrying out simulations to re-produce the behavior that the landfill will have in the production of biogas (and its composition) and leachate (quantity and quality) in the coming years, including the post-closure phase (30 years later)” says Carlos García Prado, head of Digitalization and Systems.
For its part, Upintelligence presented itself to the Cogersa challenge because it was aligned with its positioning as experts in ‘digital twins’: “we are hybridizing Artificial Intelligence techniques, specifically machine learning, with extended reality techniques, getting those ‘digital twins’ that help when it comes to making simulations and predictions in all types of processes and sectors”, says its CEO, Oscar Cosido.
The challenge of Open Innovation 4.0 offers Corteva the possibility of responding to two of its needs: “to advance in the digitalization of the manufacturing plant”, in operation for more than 20 years, “and to facilitate the management and contact of our staff in the field of emergency response”. This is explained by the director of Asturias, Susana Rebaque, who believes that “new technologies go through the basic box of connectivity and what better opportunity than this to launch this project”.
On the other hand, the ‘weapons’ with which Immersive Pro faces this challenge, in its first participation in the program, are “diverse”: a “long history” in the technological sector that allows them to offer “360º solutions” and “developed products that will be implemented in the short or long term in the global industry” such as digital twins. “Small companies can provide agility and motivation, while large ones provide us with robustness, “says Alejandro Velasco.
Aleastur frames its challenge in a “key area”: “compliance with demanding international standards within the quality control of the aluminium. Specifically, automation is sought through the application of vision technologies and artificial intelligence of the verification process of the grain refining test (known as TP-1). The solution will provide a detailed image of the inspection process carried out by the operator, facilitating the validation of the result and providing more information about the sample than can be obtained through direct inspection.” It is also a first project “which will have to be followed by many more and greater depth”.
Daniel Rojo, head of Digital Transformation at the Aleastur group, explains that it is about “overcoming the barriers” with which digital transformation is encountered: technology — “the company must learn how to obtain utility from technological advances” – and people “and our natural attitude to situations of change and uncertainty”.
Alavista prioritizes in its participation (the second in this program) its experience in the design of inspection equipment for the metal sector as a point of differentiating value compared to other solutions “It is not only important to control the use of a particular technology but its applicability for a specific sector with its particular problems”. Its CTO, Saul Remis, extols, on the one hand, “the experience in the use of industry 4.0 technologies, in particular, artificial vision”. On the other, “the knowledge of work in other projects. In the first case because these companies have an overwhelming knowhow of their processes but, as is obvious given that it is not their business, difficulty in digitizing certain processes applying industry 4.0 technologies.”.
The challenge launched by Zitron is oriented towards the digitization of the documentation generated to make delivery to its customers after each project. A need that they have been thinking about for some time because “we believe that innovation does not have to be only in the one generated in the machines we produce, but also in how to show the information associated with them”. “In a digital world like the one we are in, it is necessary to take a step and move from the classic manual on paper to an interactive manual with the user of our equipment, “says its technical director, Roberto Arias.
For its part, Pixelshub is the company that assumes to respond to the challenge of Zitron. In their third participation in the Open Innovation, they consider that their best asset is “to know how to listen, respond in time, adapt realistically to the capabilities of the teams and the technique, and propose something that can grow over time”. Its founder and CEO, Susana Pascual, says that working with Zitron is undoubtedly “an economic impact. But beyond that and more importantly, it means talking about a scalable, international project, a success story in a sector that is of great interest to us”.
Seek solutions to accelerate and optimize the execution of a portfolio of projects, both in the construction phase and in the operation and maintenance phase. Solutions that offer innovative responses in the short and medium term. That is the challenge launched by Capital Energy, currently immersed in an important process of deployment of renewable energy projects, such as the 31 that it promotes in Asturias from Oviedo, which total 1,200 MW of power, and whose development will involve an investment of more than one billion euros.
For its Director of Corporate Venture, Erika Escolar, “innovation is the cornerstone to develop the necessary capabilities and explore new technologies and business models”.
This “win-win” relationship is clear in Neosentec, in its third participation in the program. Its solution for Capital Energy – “strongly committed to the just transition” – involves using augmented reality “to display digital information about its facilities in order to optimize access to information during assembly, installation and maintenance processes, and thus achieve greater efficiency in operations”. Its CEO, Pedro Javier Sáez, adds: “We bring disruptive technology and agility, and the tractor, knowledge of its sector, a new success story and the power and possibilities to grow together with a great company”.