Wednesday, June 24, 2015

The future is in Service oriented Industries

The Finnish Building sector employeed over 4 000 more people compared with the previous year 2013.

Nevertheless, building and construction is not growing very much in Finland, but it's still employing a lot of people. Automation and Robotization is not going to hit this sector who relies on manual labor.

As the picture from Poland shows, wood as a building material is not only a Nordic thing. This fantastic log-house incorporates a hotel, restaurant and conference rooms.

In Finland, the need for new employees is strongest in renovation and seems to continue on a healthy level even in the future. New legislation is going to boost the growth of wood-based buildings.

Modern wood-based building materials (CLT = Cross Laminate Timber) are also showing a healthy growth. The wooden windows manufacturer Skaala started a new factory in Russia this spring.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Hanna Ojala brings new ideas to Social Media Reporting

Hanna Ojala, it's great to have you as new social media reporter with the intention to interview and profile members of Nordautomation.

The company is know for log handling and sawmill related technologies.

Nordautomation has delivered robust and productive technical solutions to sawmills around the world, but not all these success stories are that well know outside a small group of specialists.

There is a continuous stream of news to tell while it's the people and their skills that make the company and the difference.

Let's use this blog and all the other social media channels to deliver the good news to our clients and partners around the globe.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Megathema Industrie 4.0

The German manufacturing industry, technical universities, equipments manufacturers are talking about Industry 4.0 or the fourth industrial revolution. There's nothing ultimately new under the sun, CIM or Computer Integrated Manufacturing has been around since the 1980s. The Factory of the Future likewise.

Nevertheless, the concept of Industrie 4.0 is much more mature while Machines, Processes, Internet of Things, Robotics, Automation, Big Data and Cloud computing are integrated into a seamlessly operating global factory,  the producers and consumers are alos linked together and Networking day and Night, seven days a week and 365 days a year.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Ligna 2015 in retrospect

The prospects of large, new sawmills built as green-field projects will be an exception in the near future. Sawmill technology providers are focusing on:
  • technology updates
  • modernization of plants
  • capacity improvements
  • replacement investments
More often there will be a need for innovative solutions for optimising existing systems and increasing operational efficiency, and for IoT (Internet of Things) boosted technical support and maintenance.

The cost of the raw material is high and it's of vital importance to make more value out of wood.Our clients are not satisfied with "business as usual", it's of vital importance to come up with innovations, inventions and productivity enhancement tools to improve the productivity and profitability of the wood working value chain.

In a time of limited investments, Nordautomation has been doing remarkably well. But we've to look at the wood working world with open eyes and adapt to the changing needs of our customers.

There's a latent potential for productivity improvements at medium-sized sawmills. New potential has to be found in the BRIC countries.

We're looking forward to a very challenging future. 

The Future of IoT = Internet of Things

In the near future the Internet and wireless technologies will connect different sources of information such as sensors, mobile phones and cars in an ever tighter manner.

The number of devices which connect to the Internet is – seemingly exponentially – increasing.

These billions of components produce consume and process information in different environments such as logistic applications, factories and airports as well as in the work and everyday lives of people.

The society need new, scalable, compatible and secure solutions for both the management of the ever more broad, complexly-networked Internet of Things, and also for the support of various business models.

The aim of our Internet of Things Strategic Research Agenda is both to create framework for study within the given field and also to clearly define the central research objectives.

Friday, June 5, 2015

Global Demand for Timber could Triple by 2050

WWF's Living Forests report research suggests that global demand for timber could triple by 2050. This startling statistic reflects the steadily growing demand for solid wood and paper products in emerging markets as population and economic growth takes place as well as increasing use of wood as a feedstock for bioenergy.

The world has lost half of its forests, and continues to lose an area the size of England every year. Deforestation is driven by a range of factors, particularly increased use of land for agriculture - the global population will surpass 9 billion by 2050, and will require expanding food supplies by 70 percent.

According to the WWF report, the climate change will reduce crop yields in many countries, which means food, fiber and fuel will compete intensively for limited land and water resources in the future, putting increasing pressure on forests.

Source: Die Messe - Messejournal - Ligna 2015, Hannover, 11. - 15. Mai 205

The Race for Wood on the Rise

Ligna 2015 Branchennews | Wood is becoming an increasingly popular raw material - and not only in the construction sector. More and more private households and municipal authorities are also using wood for heating. All of which is driving competition for this desirable raw material.

2010 marked a turning point for the timber industry. For the first time since World War Two, more wood was being used in Germany to produce energy such as heat and electricity than to create commodities such as construction materials, composite wood products or paper.

The rise in demand for wood fuel was driven on the one hand by increased oil prices and, on the other, by government subsidies aimed at promoting the use of wood as a sustainable fuel. In order to meet demand, pellet imports to Germany are most probably going to rise.

Using wood in cascades results in a number of ecological benefits. First, using wood as a building material and later as a fuel has advantages for the environment.

Lumber is an important, long term carbon sink and so we should be looking to use wood primarily as a building material.

In a scenario where oil prices remain at current levels, 46 per cent of wood in Bavaria is used as fuel. in the event of prices doubling, this proportion would rise to 54 per cent.

At the same time, capacities and production levels for the material utilization of wood in Bavaria would fall - even if the manufacturing industries were to introduce technical innovations or reduce capacity utilization.

More wood products would have to be imported to make up for this shortfall in materials. Alternatively, industries would have to use more  non-wood products.

Source: DIE MESSE - Messejournal - Ligna 2015, Hannover, 11. - 15. Mai 2015