“THE KEY LIES IN USING DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES TO SOLVE ENTREPRENEURIAL CHALLENGES THAT IMPACT VERY FAST IN THE BUSINESS”
TECNALIA is a benchmark Research and Technological Development Centre in Europe with 1,400 experts, focused on transforming technology into GDP. Agustín J. Sáenz, Director of Industry and Transport and member of the B20 Industry 4.0 group, points to some of the keys to the implementation of 4.0 strategies.
What does Industry 4.0 mean for TECNALIA?
It’s a new reference model for competitiveness and digital transformation of industrial companies. We have a multi-disciplinary team with over 300 people to display this model. This team combines industrial competences and digital knowledge to guarantee the effective deployment of initiatives with a true impact.
How do you forecast which technologies will have a greater impact on business?
We have researchers who analyse our specialisation within 3 years time. They delve into technologies, but focus especially on future entrepreneurial needs. Companies detect problems, but struggle to find the most appropriate technologies. We have the ability to solve these future challenges by means of technological solutions.
The industrial world faces challenges related to sensorisation, massive data management, AI, precise mathematical models that simulate machines and their processes, etc. However, not all challenges are digital, more efficient processes in the consumption of materials are also relevant. Without forgetting improved human-machine interaction that is more intuitive, multimedia and flexible. But the greatest challenge is to make everything have an impact on the Income Statement.
In this path towards digitalisation, what are the main technological challenges in TECNALIA’s opinion?
The technologies showing greater impact are artificial intelligence, big data, cloud computing, IoT, flexible robotics, real-time process simulation, and artificial and augmented vision. Our challenge is to integrate them in a smart way in order to reach companies efficiently, and achieving an impact on their results, as soon as possible.
Because of our deep knowledge of the industry, the sectors we operate in, industrial processes and the most relevant problems that are applicable to the digital sphere where it may have an impact on the Income Statement of our customers.