Improving efficiency and proactivity
For a fixed monthly fee, Kemira takes care of all aspects relating to the operation, management, and support of the wastewater treatment process through the Kemira Operon turnkey service concept, which is based on specific key performance indicators agreed together with the customer. Using Kemira’s KemConnect platform, all relevant performance parameters at the plant can be monitored in real time by experts at Kemira’s Lapinlahti control center over 150 kilometers away.
“With the help of Kemira’s expertise, not only do we have the wastewater treatment process fully under control, but we are also able to continuously improve it, says Fauconnot. “We can use the data we collect to learn how to better manage the process, improve its efficiency, and increase safety too. After phase one of the project we could clearly see the efficiency gains, and now we can take proactive action if we detect a potential issue and resolve it before it turns into a bigger problem.”
Kemira’s excellent standards in project management took a lot of the stress out of our hands.
Solid preparation and good project management pays off
“In terms of the preparation for the project, we really appreciated Kemira’s excellent standards in project management because it took a lot of the stress out of our hands, Fauconnot highlights. We worked closely with the Kemira team and they really spent the time to make sure that everything was exactly right for us. As a result, the objectives for the project were clear for everyone.”
The results of the project so far have exceeded everyone’s expectations, with Nestlé Puljonki realizing significant cost savings from the improvement in their wastewater treatment process. While cost savings are important, Fauconnot is keen to highlight that improving environmental performance and reducing waste volume is the first priority.
“Early estimates indicate that we could save somewhere between €20,000 and €30,000 per year as a result of the improved water treatment performance. However, our focus is very much firstly on reducing the environmental impact of our operations and creating as little waste as possible, and Kemira’s support will be vital in helping us to achieve this goal.”
In addition to remotely managing the wastewater treatment process, Kemira has also provided training for members of the plant’s technical team so that they are better equipped to monitor the data gathered from the process and recognize when proactive intervention is needed to avoid potential problems.
The Kemira contacts we work with are true experts, and for us it’s this expertise that adds real value and lets us focus on our core business.
A partnership based on openness and transparency
“Thanks to Kemira’s support we have lots of opportunities to learn more, optimize our process, and improve things even further in the future,” Fauconnot says. “We’re looking forward to continuing the collaboration and seeing how the partnership develops. The Kemira contacts we work with are true experts, and for us it’s this expertise that adds real value and lets us focus on our core business. From day one the partnership has been based on openness and transparency, and I believe this is why everything has gone so smoothly.”