Alfa Laval moves towards Industry 4.0 through digital operations development

Source: press release, 13 July 2020

Alfa Laval Presendent of the Operations Division, Mikael Tydén
Alfa Laval Presendent of the Operations Division, Mikael Tydén (photo: Alfa Laval)

Alfa Laval – a global provider of heat transfer, centrifugal separation and fluid handling solutions – will use advanced digital twin technology when expanding capacity in the production of separators in Sweden. The technology will facilitate the operations development and reduce the time for ramp-up of the production substantially.

Alfa Laval will expand and automate its capacity in the production facility in Eskilstuna, Sweden. To facilitate the operations development the company will use Real Digital Twin (RDT) technology from AFRY, an international engineering, design and advisory company. The technology (based on Siemens software) produces a digital twin of the manufacturing process and its machineries and enables simulation and functional testing of the process lines before the actual production expansion. The benefits are shorter installation and ramp-up time and optimised production.

“By using the advanced twin technology, we can accelerate our work towards a more digital and automated production which is well in line with our Industry 4.0 strategy,” says Mikael Tydén, President of the Operations Division.

Apart from facilitating the capacity expansion the RDT technology will be used to simulate and verify production changes and optimisations. This will make operations development safer and more cost-efficient.