PTI is pleased to welcome Konecranes' Chief Digital Officer, Juha Pankakoski as a guest speaker at the upcoming Terminal Automation & Training Conference, which is due to take place at the Grange City Hotel in London on June 8, 2016.
Mr Pankakoski has been a member of the Group Executive Board since 2015.
He believes the Industrial Internet can be applied to lifting technology by making machines intelligent, aware, and connected.
Juha Pankakoski said: “The attitude should be that every tool, human being and machine involved in a process such as container handling has the potential for improvement.
“When the machines working in an industrial process have the ability to analyse and report on their condition – their performance parameters, how they are working with each other, how they are being used and maintained – huge potential for improvement is unleashed.
“The more deeply a process is measured, in terms of the interactions between the humans and machines working in it, the more deeply it can be understood and improved. This is the promise of the Industrial Internet as applied to lifting equipment across a wide range of industries.”
Pankakoski continues: “The first step consists of establishing remote connections with intelligent lifting equipment working around the world as part of a remote service concept. As the connected population grows, it sends real-time operating data to remote service centers.
“This growing mass of big data can be sifted and analyzed to uncover usage patterns, trends and anomalies that are industry-specific and of great potential value to customers.
“The application of new sensor technologies can be explored: how they can be built into lifting equipment to improve the quantity and quality of its self-reporting and awareness of surrounding objects and devices. This is a particularly exciting area at the moment. Micro-sensor technology is improving in leaps and bounds.”
Mr Pankakoski will be joining Oscar Pernia of Navis and Rich Ceci of Global Container Terminals, as well as selected other speakers at the event.