Process Genius Oy develops factory-level digital twins with Stora Enso

A digital twin can mean many different things. It can be a 3D model of a single detail or a copy of an entire machine, enabling virtually assisted reality or simulation to optimize performance.

“The factory-level digital twins run on a cloud platform, which enables new use cases to be scaled to multiple factories quickly,” says Jani Akkila, CEO of Process Genius Oy.

Process Genius and Stora Enso developed digital twins to improve day-to-day ERP decision-making by visually presenting key information. Digital twins are used to create an understanding of the current situation in factories and what needs to happen next. They also indicate if any parts of the process are behind schedule. It is also important to understand why the current situation is what it is. Accurate and easy-to-understand information on operations helps take decision-making to a new level.

The easier the information is to understand, the better decisions can be made. If decision-makers do not know what the information means, they will not know how to act properly.
Marko Yli-Pietilä, Head of Smart Operations, Stora Enso
We used to have to go through hundreds of lines of report data, but now all it takes is a glance at the digital twin at factory level to get an idea of the situation in the factory.
Tomi Pällo, Safety Manager, Lahti Mill, Stora Enso

The factory-level digital twin helps to quickly pinpoint incident locations, such as the sites of security alerts. This is useful in situations where people outside the factory need to know the location of exits, for example. In addition to safety situations, visual information presentation is useful in many other contexts, such as maintenance management, including predictive maintenance and production line performance management.

The digital twin was first tested in one factory. When it proved to work, the digital twins were scaled up to several Stora Enso factories in Finland and abroad.

“The exceptional circumstances have confirmed the vision we have had for years about the benefits of the digital twin for different sectors. We have achieved a good level of technological scalability and have increased our cooperation in international markets. We will continue to work on developing the product with both existing and, ideally, new partners”, Process Genius’ Jani Akkila sums up.

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