Ralf Bergne, Product Area Director Control Systems at Systemair, describes how developments in digitisation are affecting Systemair:
How has digitisation affected Systemair’s products and solutions? “All ventilation systems today have electronic control systems whose function is to control, regulate and monitor. As digitization advances, more and more software-based functions are being integrated into digital control systems enabling people to use their computer, tablet PCs or smartphones to remotely control and monitor their systems, and to be alerted to and diagnose faults. We’re working actively on developing competitive software and systems for our products.”
How is the Internet of Things (IoT) affecting the ventilation sector? "The number of devices in society that are connected to the Net is rising sharply and "intelligent buildings" are becoming mincreasingly common. In the future, IoT-based ventilation systems will be able to gather data from various sources and make their own intelligent choices from data on presence in different rooms, temperature, air humidity, insolation, air quality etc. to optimise the indoor climate down to room level. On the basis of data compiled, the systems will automatically send alerts and trigger other events to facilitate servicing and maintenance. What's needed is connection via fixed or wireless networks, sensors to detect events in products and in buildings, and smart software."
How will this trend benefit us? "There are a multitude of benefits. Servicing and maintenance become simpler to manage. Systems can be monitored remotely, supplemented by on-site inspection rounds. Operations can be optimised, enabling cost savings and more efficient use of energy. The behaviour of ventilation systems is easily monitored, for example the indoor climate, energy consumption etc. In addition, data from the system can be collected and used in the development of new air handling products."
Is there anything exciting in the pipeline in the Group's Controls area? "In the past, Systemair's various companies worked individually on developing control and monitoring systems, software and digital tools of various types. A coordination project is currently in progress in Europe, aimed at producing common strategies for developing electronic and digital control and monitoring systems and software. To be competitive, it's important to work together and make efficient use of the areas of competence we have in the Group. We also plan to establish a competence centre in Skinnskatteberg. We're also continuing to develop our software and product selection programs so that they cover all our product groups."
How is Systemair putting the opportunities of digitisation to use for the benefit of its customers? "As a company, we used to live very much by product catalogues. With around 9,000 products, it can sometimes be difficult for customers to choose. Against that background, we've developed more user-friendly digital aids for product choice and we're continuing with this. We've also started using Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality to aid understanding of our product and various technical solutions. Digitisation is creating many new, exciting opportunities for us and our customers!
Ralf Bergne Product Area Director Control Systems Systemair