The future of clean air is here
Nederman celebrates its 75th anniversary in 2019. From the very beginning, the business idea was clean air. Today, the environment and sustainability are more relevant than ever and the demands are increasing to contribute actively to more efficient production and reduced emissions in industry. The next generation of solutions for clean industrial airflows is under develment. And Nederman is at the forefront of this development.
95% ARE BREATHING POOR QUALITY AIR
The Health Effects Institute (HEI) in Boston, USA is a non-profit organisation financed by public and industry sector funds with the aim of conducting research and evaluation of the effects of air pollution on health.
In its report State of Global Air 2018, HEI states that “Clean air is becoming a rare luxury: Only 5% of the world’s population breathe clean air”. Conversely, this means that 95% of the world’s approximately 8 billion inhabitants are breathing air that does not reach international health standards.
These are of course alarming figures, but for Nederman, this signifies that our business is more important than ever, and that the demand for solutions for efficient cleaning of air will continue. It gives us the energy to invest further in research, development and acquisitions in order to maintain our position as world leader in our industry.
Source: HEI: State of Global Air 2018
FOCUS ON INDUSTRY EFFICIENCY
Increasing populations, and increased trade and technological development will inevitably lead to increased demand for goods and products that involve industrial production. It is naturally vital for industry to produce in an environmentally and sustainably acceptable manner, but it is equally important to streamline production for economic reasons. And this is where clean air plays a key role.
- Dust and fumes significantly shorten the life of expensive machines and other production equipment
- In addition, the presence of dust and fumes adversely affects product quality
- Furthermore, rising costs for raw materials, not least metals, have meant that the need for recycling and re-use of expensive input materials has increased
- It is profitable for employers to offer a clean and safe working environment. Competition for qualified employees makes it increasingly important to offer clean, safe and attractive workplaces to attract the best employees
In summary, this means in many cases that clean air equates. to clean profit. The fact that new generations of products are considerably more energy-efficient and provide the opportunity for reliable compliance with regulatory requirements also contributes to this. This is where Nederman’s strategy within product and service development opens up completely new opportunities for our customers.
The development of digital products and services in the consumer sector in the past 10-year period has resulted in a completely new society for many of us. Banking services, governmental agency
contact and consumer retailing have been digitalised and moved into our mobile devices and have led to increased mobility, trade and productivity. Industrial production is now undergoing a similar
development. And there are significant benefits:
- Traditional analogue products (such as advanced filters) are supplemented with digital components, which gives the opportunity for measurement and monitoring of functionality and performance
- When stand-alone units are digitalised, they can be connected via Wi-Fi, which provides increased opportunities for optimising an entire process, and ultimately several separate production processes for a complete industrial solution (IoT, the network of things)
- With the help of data collected and AI (artificial intelligence), it is then possible to draw conclusions about load, utilisation rate, wear and tear etc. and, on this basis, to optimise the process from an environmental and productioneconomic perspective
- Cloud services (IoT cloud) provide the opportunity for an external partner with in-depth expertise to monitor and control the customer’s processes remotely, which minimises the customer’s need for investment in equipment, personnel and competence while at the same time increasing the process quality.
- Data can then be presented on mobile devices, for example, for service personnel who carry out proposed measures on site
In recent years, Nederman has acquired considerable expertise in, among other things, advanced equipment for measuring gases and particles. In parallel with this, we have continually developed our product range and made significant investments in digital transformation so that we are now able to offer our customers a world-leading platform for the future.
… CREATING NEW BUSINESS MODELS
In addition to the fact that digitalisation makes it possible to control and optimise industrial production air flows with high efficiency, it also gives rise to new business models for Nederman. When we have the opportunity to fully measure and control the customer’s processes, we also have the opportunity to package and offer operation, service and maintenance as an integrated package. In this way, we will be able to offer our customers ”clean air” as an outsourced service. The path is already mapped out, and we are well on our way to developing a first version.