The Maintech Conference (Maintechkonferansen) by Maintech AS is an annual event that brings together professionals from various industries to discuss maintenance, reliability, and asset management. After last year’s success, the conference was again held at the exclusive Britannia Hotel in Trondheim on 21–22 March. This year, Visavi participated as a gold sponsor, which gave us the opportunity to display our solution in the exhibition area and share our expertise on the main stage. The presentation was a highlight of the conference, with our esteemed customer, Borregaard, joining us on stage to share their experiences with Visavi.
This two-day conference is a great networking arena that includes a variety of educational talks, industry-related forums, and an exhibition area. Maintech AS kicked off the conference with parallel forums where attendees could select what to attend. A new initiative this year was the networking forum “Women in the industry,” which focused on the professional opportunities and challenges in male-dominated occupations. This was an informal networking program with inspiring panelists who shared relevant experiences, which also lead to important and good discussions.
Hennrik Kuczera, Project Manager Continuous improvement, Boregaard and Øystein Veland, VP of Customer Success, Visavi, Kongsberg Digital, presenting on the main stage during Maintechkonferansen 2023. Photo: Ole Martin Sandnes, Videomakeriet.
As a gold sponsor, Visavi had the privilege of presenting on the main stage, where our valued customer, Borregaard, joined us to share their experiences with our solution. Borregaard is a leading biorefinery company that produces biochemicals and biomaterials from sustainable raw materials. Today, Borregaard has 19 factories, and their maintenance department consists of 128 people. Visavi's VP of Product, Kenneth Ådalen, and Visavi's VP of Customer Success, Øystein Veland, kicked off our presentation with a short intro on how we continuously innovate and collaborate with industry leaders to secure we are solving the key problems. Followed by this, Henrik Kuczera, Operations Manager & Continuous Improvement at Borregaard, presented how Visavi has played a significant role in changing the way people work and improving their operational efficiency. Henrik Kuczera also emphasized the importance of integrating the solution into daily work, frequently following up with different users, and having clear KPI's. It was a pleasure hearing from Borregaard how Visavi is giving daily users a user-friendly and live overview of complex operations, quicker access to data, and the ability to make changes quickly. This was a unique opportunity to showcase how Visavi has helped our customers achieve operational excellence.
Want to learn more about how Visavi supports today’s challenges in the industry? Check out our customer cases with Repsol Sinopec Resources UK and Neptune Energy.
Hennrik Kuczera, Project Manager Continuous improvement, Boregaard and Kenneth Ådalen, VP of Product, Visavi, Kongsberg Digital, presenting on the main stage during Maintechkonferansen 2023. Photo: Ole Martin Sandnes, Videomakeriet.
Another highlight of the conference was the presentation by Shell, who showed their digital twin, Kognitwin, by Kongsberg Digital and how this enables “assets of the future.” Kognitwin is implemented at Shell Nyhamna and Shell Ormen Lange and enables highly automated and self-optimized facilities. By leveraging such digital technology to optimize its operations and reduce its environmental impact, Shell is positioned as a leader in the energy industry and a driver of innovation in the digital age.
Both Borregaard and Shell discussed their successful implementations of new technologies using ambassadors to promote the benefits and encourage adoption among their colleagues. Sharing information about why the new technology is introduced, both from a company and user perspective, is crucial, and it is evident that recruiting ambassadors will help you succeed.
Key takeaways & learnings:
- Technology can solve complex problems when implemented successfully.
- Implementation of new technologies and systems takes time and requires change management and involvement from top management together with clear directions and goals.
- Digital solutions are transforming maintenance and operations for all industries and play a significant role in cost savings, operational optimization, and achieving sustainability goals/net zero.
Visavi's stand in the exhibition area at Britannia Hotel. Foto: Visavi
To sum up, the Maintech Conference was an excellent opportunity to interact with a diverse audience of professionals and gain valuable insights into the needs and challenges of different industries. Additionally, the conference was professionally organized by Maintech AS, with all aspects thoughtfully planned and executed to ensure a seamless experience for all attendees.
We are already looking forward to next year's event!
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