“There is too much research on the same topics with no different conclusions,” Anderson Johansson, Chief Executive of ProcessIT Innovation said at the event organised by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).
He added: “It’s not of much use, if I may say so,” suggesting research could be conducted more effectively and should inspire more research, development and (RDI) projects.
Johansson spoke critically about the general industry research as focusing inward, rather than taking an outward approach to include other industries for optimal development.
“From a logical point of view, data should be available and transparent,” Johansson said.
ProcessIT’s European Roadmap will provide instant access to a virtual, dynamic factory in real-time for organisations all over the world to a system that will enable interoperation for increased sustainable energy consumption.
The project aims at process industrialisation automation as “very important” for Europe to find new ways of energy supply to avoid doubling it from 4TB to 9TB/h as predictions deem it necessary.
The Sweden-based company will also launch related project Arrowhead, with a cost estimate of €68 million (US$89 million) funded 100 percent by the industry itself, between March 13,14.
In a separate comment, Jerker Delsing, Professor at Lulea University of Technology told HumanIPO: "From European side there is a clear interest in having cooperations with South African companies and universities".
Delsing, directly involved with product development, also mentioned that they already have existing contacts in the South African mining industry and universities.
The IEEE is hosting the ICIT in the Pavilion Conference Centre, Cape Town, from February 25-27.