Pioneering examples


Several different metrics measure commerce to be the largest sector in Finland. The megatrends of digitalization and automation also apply to streamlining commercial operations. Tightening global competition means that things like digital skills play an ever-increasing role in logistics. How does one become one of the success stories? The essential question is this: will you […]

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Bold investments create opportunities


Finnish port operations are constantly developing. Some examples of this include large-scale investments in the Baltic Sea Pulp Centre in Mussalo—a rare operation even on an international scale—and in the development of the quay and warehouse areas at the Port of Pori. Both projects stem from growing business requirements and competition that have created the […]

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Boosting in-house logistics through gamification


Today’s warehouses face four key challenges: an increase in the quantity and selection of products, a decrease in the average order size, tightening global and local competition, and fewer qualified employees—and to top it off, they are all occurring at the same time. This means that increasing the competitiveness of a warehouse requires constant improvements […]

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Are you an obstacle for digitalization?


Finland has fallen behind Germany and Sweden in the development of digitalization and automation. Several different sources point to this fact. They are being invested in at a rate of only half of what is occurring in Finland’s most important competitor countries. Fortunately, the pioneers in Finland invest well and learn both strategically and in […]

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Line storage – an obstacle for production development


The factories in Finland finally receive so many orders that the production capacity needs to be increased. Often, there is a situation where one line needs to be more efficient, its flexibility and capability produce quality need to be improved (RFT). At the same time, the demands for material handling increase. According to VTT, “In […]

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Leading production development projects in the Industry 4.0 era


The good news: production digitalization and automation are used to create super productive and flexible production facilities. The challenging news: acquiring these systems and the associated change management is very difficult and requires an entirely different level of commitment and in-depth production activity analysis. In this blog, I discuss some of the projects implemented by […]

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ERP, MES, WMS, APS… Why the ISA-95-standard?


Internet of Things (IoT) and digitization are today’s hot topics.  In practice, they more or less refer to the same thing. Intelligent, networked products and services require a new type of multi-layered technology infrastructure. IoT does not run on a single technology or platform; it covers a vast array of technologies. IoT allows things that […]

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Manufacturing digitalization and automation – Industry 4.0

It was apparent at the CeMAT fair in Germany in the fall how actively Industry 4.0 is discussed internationally. Its benefits are seen as highly significant and a lot of investments are being made in it. Industry 4.0 is a vision on how manufacturing in the future will be more customer-oriented, automated, flexible and faster. […]

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