Remote monitoring of production plant automation enables cost-effective and eco-friendly energy production
Adven’s Automation Manager, Olli Takala, is in charge of the electrical automation systems that keep Adven’s production plants up and running and ensure consistent energy production. Monitoring automation remotely can also help improve the efficiency and eco-friendliness of the production plants.
Olli Takala’s work centers around Adven’s automation technologies and control room functions. He is responsible for maintaining and developing the automation and remote monitoring of Adven’s production plants, and for managing the lifecycle of the systems.
Takala also serves as a technical expert in electrical automation in Adven’s sales processes and project activities.
Automation managers must have strong knowledge and a keen ear
Takala earned a degree in automation engineering. His core competencies are automation and electrical automation systems and their application particularly in the process industry.
“My toolkit mainly contains a wide range of maintenance programs for automation devices, but if the situation calls for it, I also know how to use the measuring instruments and hand-held tools that are used in the field of electrical automation,” says Takala.
Automation managers are required to have not only broad, cross-disciplinary expertise, but also a good ear for listening to the customer and understanding their needs.
“Our goal is to ensure that our customers have strong confidence in their collaboration and partnership with Adven,” stresses Takala.
“Automation is the brain and nerve center of a production plant”
Disturbance-free energy production is in the interest of both the customer and Adven. Automation ensures that Adven can supply its customers with energy consistently and cost-effectively.
Today’s production plants are highly automated: automation is the brain and nerve center of many of Adven’s production plants. It can provide, for example, pre-emptive information about possible changes.
“The system makes decisions and controls the production plants,” explains Takala. “If an error occurs in a process, the system will react quickly and prevent production disturbances. This also allows us to organize the repair process as rapidly as possible.”
Production plant automation enables cost-effective remote monitoring
According to Takala, automation is critical, especially in terms of ensuring that production plants that are monitored remotely intermittently remain operational – safely and without disturbances.
“A well-functioning and correctly dimensioned process is the foundation for everything. Automation solutions at Adven are built on tried and tested basic elements, which are processed further according to specific needs,” says Takala.
“We use advanced, predominantly remotely monitored electrical automation solutions that are used to control production plants either entirely unmanned or with very few staff,” he adds.
Customers struggling with conflicting requirements
In the process industry, increasingly tough competition and more stringent quality and environmental requirements are creating strong tensions for all players in the industry.
Takala says he can see in his job how Adven’s customers are also struggling with the typical challenges faced by the process industry. Adven’s goal is to generate a competitive advantage and cost savings for customers through automation.
Automation also helps to enhance the operations of production plants and contributes to their eco-friendliness.
“With a sufficiently high degree of automation and set controls, we can bring clear cost savings to our customers and achieve ecologically sustainable production that conserves raw materials,” Takala sums up.
Day-to-day successes and a go-getter attitude
For the automation manager, solving an everyday problem is success at its best.
Adven has hundreds of power plants throughout Finland that employ a broad range of automation solutions. The various automation solutions meet very different needs.
“In my job, the situation might call for me to jump into my coveralls and take care of something that requires practical professional expertise at a plant,” says Takala, offering an example of the diverse and hands-on nature of his line of work.
Takala finds motivation from the “go-getter” attitude he often sees on the job.
“Together with our subcontractor network, our team has completed several demanding overhauls to old automation systems in operational production plants – almost without interruption,” says Takala.
Automation expertise grows in networks
The experts at Adven place great importance on maintaining a high level of competence and skill. Takala also develops his expertise every year by participating in various electrical automation training courses and actively monitoring the industry literature and online publications.
He also derives strength for his work through his own networks.
“An extensive network of professional colleagues working in the energy and automation industry has been building for decades and crosses company boundaries. I also participate in the electrical automation industry’s union activities,” says Takala.