Viridis was one of the companies to participate in the AIMday Smart Industries event that happened on May 19th, in Belo Horizonte. The workshop, which was part of the Brazil-Sweden Excellence Seminar’s schedule, gathered together academics and representatives of large companies in order to discuss specific challenges of the industry related to Smart Industries.
Smart Industries, or Industry 4.0, is defined as a deep transformation in global industry, integrating manufacturing with state-of-the-art technology and communications, smartly connecting people, machines and processes. “The initiative to operate under the concept of smart industry happens to solve a problem that is already real to the industry: excess of information. In industries today, there are sensors for everything: they collect information about production, production processes, and workers’ moves — and from different points of view. If the industry can’t treat this data as it should, it has to do it in parts, and ends up not absorbing everything the data can provide,” explains Lars-Eric Larsson, vice director of Uppsala University, where the AIMday (Academy Industry Meeting day) methodology was developed.
Large global companies attended the event, including Saab AB, Atlas Copco, Ericsson, Volvo, Fibria, Vallourec, and Instituto Tecnológico Vale. In addition, researchers from different Brazilian and Swedish institutions, including Viridis, integrated the workshops.