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ProcessMiner™ Announces Appointment of Dr. Stephen Vasconcellos to Scientific Advisory Board

With 34 US patents and three decades working for Betz, BetzDearborn, GE Water and Process Technologies, and Suez Water and Technology Solutions, Dr. Vasconcellos has earned a reputation as an industry expert.

ATLANTA – May 3, 2021 – ProcessMiner Inc., an artificial intelligence platform for the manufacturing industry, announced today that Dr. Stephen Vasconcellos, Ph.D., has been appointed to the company’s Scientific Advisory Board.

“I am delighted to welcome Steve to our scientific board of advisors,” said Karim Pourak, Co-founder and CEO of ProcessMiner. “He offers an extensive wealth of knowledge and an advantageous background in liquid and solid separations, wastewater treatment design and optimization, colloid science, polymer characterization and electrokinetics. We look forward to leveraging Steve’s expertise and experience as we continue to build out our digital water treatment solutions for ProcessMiner customers.”

Dr. Vasconcellos earned a B.S. in chemistry from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in physical chemistry from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He was a member of the American Chemical Society, and a division member of Colloid and Surface Science and Environmental Chemistry. He completed the IRI Technology Manager Course at Harvard University and GE’s TLDC (technical leader development course) in 2016.

Jacques Cousteau said, “We forget that the water cycle and the life cycle are one.” Wastewater is part of that water cycle and is long overdue for a re-imagining. Smart system control using AI can be an integral part of that re-imagining platform for operating WW facilities more efficiently, more effectively, and more environmentally responsible. —Stephen Vasconcellos, Ph.D.

In 2007, Dr. Vasconcellos was co-chair of the Coagulants and Flocculants Symposium in Louisville, Ky., and in 2008 was co-chair of the Water Reuse Symposium in Orlando, Fla. In 1994, he earned the Pennsylvania DER Green Award. GE awarded him in 2005 with the “Best of the GE Betz” award and in 2006 with the Edison Award. In 2006, he also earned the Spirit of Innovation Award. In 2015, he was acknowledged by Water Quality Professional magazine as a 20 for 20 icon.

With this appointment, ProcessMiner’s Advisory Board now comprises five directors, most of whom are external and independent. Woodall joins ProcessMiner Advisory Board members Jeff Fulgham, Consulting Executive, Corporate Visions, and President, StrategyH2O; Kamran Paynabar, Co-founder and Chief Science Advisor, ProcessMiner; Dr. Bill Woodall, Professor Emeritus of Statistics at Virginia Tech; and Chris Luettgen, Professor of the Practice and Associate Director, Georgia Institute of Technology.

ProcessMiner remains committed to being the industry-leading autonomous control solution delivering process improvement recommendations and parameter control changes in real-time to the production line. The ProcessMiner AutoPilot platform delivers material reductions in scrap, defects, and errors commonly encountered in complex manufacturing processes.

ABOUT PROCESSMINER: Founded in 2014, the ProcessMiner™ platform predicts problems in real-time using AI within the manufacturing process. The platform is being rapidly adopted by the Tissue and Packaging industries, inclusive of manufacturers in the Pulp, Paper and Plastics industries and pilot projects are underway with water treatment and energy sectors of manufacturing. For more information, visit www.processminer.com.

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Kate Hammond, PR & Marketing
khammond@processminer.com

ProcessMiner Announces Expansion into Europe with Finland Location

ATLANTA, March 11, 2021 – ProcessMiner™, an artificial intelligence platform for manufacturing, announced today its expansion into Europe to integrate its solutions and address the growing needs of Finland and the greater EU region.

“We’re pleased to announce ProcessMiner is expanding rapidly internationally, having secured partnerships in Latin America, North America, and now Europe,” said Karim Pourak, ProcessMiner CEO. “As we continue to grow our business geographically, it made sense to open up within an arm’s length of our growing customer base.”

The ProcessMiner artificial intelligence platform is revolutionizing manufacturing operations by applying advanced machine learning and deep learning to continuous manufacturing operations at scale. Benefits the platform delivers include improvements in efficiency, productivity and product quality.

ProcessMiner plans to launch an early-stage business accelerator in Finland and across Europe to connect progressively minded manufacturing companies with industry-leading digital technologies including Artificial Intelligence.

“We’ve witnessed an uptick in demand with Nordic and European-based companies that are ambitiously investing in the kind of proven technology we are bringing to market,” said ProcessMiner co-founder and chair, Markku Mustonen who originally hails from Finland. “Having a physical presence as well as subject matter experts on the ground in Finland will allow us to be more accessible to those customers in the region looking to reap the many benefits Industry 4.0 technologies deliver.”

Juhani Vanska will lead the Finland office. His prior roles include running a variety of global businesses including trading, manufacturing, private equity, etc. Vanska also ran a global metal industry manufacturing business.

“Oy ProcessMiner Ab was started to serve as an EU headquarters of ProcessMiner,” said Vanska. “The purpose is to be able to better serve our potential customers in Finland and the rest of EU, to find new process industries outside of pulp and paper where ProcessMiner technology can bring major benefits to these industries, and to connect with Finnish AI expertise in addition to the US and Indian experts that are in our team now.”

“We see great opportunities in improving manufacturing industries’ processes with AI and data science technology,” Vanska continued. “This is a globally scalable service model that has all the features of modern digital technology businesses like Amazon and Facebook but in an industrial environment.”

ProcessMiner will begin offering its platform to customers in Finland, Sweden and the greater European Union in late Q1.

ProcessMiner Finland is located at Oy ProcessMiner Ab, Otakaari 5, 02150 Espoo. Reach out to Juhani Vanska at jvanska@processminer.com, or +358 400 450 748.

About ProcessMiner™: Founded in 2014, the ProcessMiner platform predicts problems in real-time using AI within the manufacturing process. The platform is being rapidly adopted by the tissue and packaging industries, inclusive of manufacturers in the pulp, paper and plastics industries, and pilot projects are underway with water treatment and energy sectors of manufacturing. For more information, visit www.processminer.com.

ProcessMiner Media Contact:
Kate Hammond, PR & Marketing
khammond@processminer.com

ProcessMiner Announces Channel Partnership with Industrial IoT Solutions

ATLANTA, March 4, 2021 – ProcessMiner, an artificial intelligence platform for manufacturing, and Industrial IoT Solutions, an information technology integrator and solutions distributor focused on delivering proven IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) technology in Brazil, today announced a partnership to deliver ProcessMiner’s real-time AI-powered decision automation platform to manufacturing industries across Latin America.

Together, ProcessMiner and I-Iot Solutions will work symbiotically to help manufacturers looking to transform their operations using a fully automated data-driven approach to achieve Industry 4.0 and SMART Factory objectives, including autonomous manufacturing for business operations.

“We are excited to be working with the I-Iot Solutions team to implement the ProcessMiner AI platform into the Latin American market,” said Karim Pourak, ProcessMiner CEO. “As we look to expand and provide the best service to our clients in the region, we found I-Iot Solutions was the best fit to our needs, and their team aligned to our long-term objectives.”

Organizations in Latin America have increasingly been working toward digital transformation and Industry 4.0. This partnership will help transform manufacturing industries by improving factory floor processes and delivering autonomous, continuous quality improvements to increase efficiency across manufacturing operations.

“We are very excited about the partnership with ProcessMiner because companies in Brazil and Latin América are looking to adopt artificial intelligence solutions to improve their businesses and to be able to compete globally; in partnership with ProcessMiner, we will help them to achieve this goal,” highlights Hélio Samora, CEO of Industrial IoT Solutions. “When we evaluated AI Platforms we were immediately impressed with the leadership team at ProcessMiner.  Their deep domain knowledge, technical expertise, and client-centric approach to managing customers really stood out” continued Samora.

With over 30 years of experience providing technology solutions in Latin America, the company’s team has contributed significantly to the implementation of successful IoT and AI strategies for its customers.

“We have a strong network of partners and offer state-of-the-art solutions from a select list of suppliers, including now ProcessMiner and its unique Artificial Intelligence platform,” concludes Samora.

ProcessMiner has dedicated Spanish and Portuguese resources on its website.

About ProcessMiner: Founded in 2014, the ProcessMiner™ platform predicts problems in real-time using AI within the manufacturing process. The platform is being rapidly adopted by the Tissue and Packaging industries, inclusive of manufacturers in the Pulp, Paper and Plastics industries and pilot projects are underway with water treatment and energy sectors of manufacturing. For more information, visit www.processminer.com.

About Industrial IoT Solutions: Industrial IoT Solutions is an information technology solutions distributor focused on delivering proven IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) and Artificial Intelligence solutions in Latin America. The company’s objective is to distribute solutions for manufacturing, process industries, mining, and oil & gas companies. With over 30 years of success history, the company team works closely with customers to implement innovative Industry 4.0 solutions and deliver the expected ROI. For more information, visit https://i-iotsolutions.com.

ProcessMiner Media Contact:
Kate Hammond
CheekySkirt Media
khammond@processminer.com

ProcessMiner™ Launches Partner Program

ProcessMiner™ will partner with the manufacturing industry’s most innovative companies to deliver its real-time AI-powered decision automation platform to manufacturing industries across the globe.

ProcessMiner™, an artificial intelligence platform for manufacturing, announced today its partner program. The company will partner with the manufacturing industry’s most innovative companies to deliver its real-time AI-powered decision automation platform to manufacturing industries across the globe.

ProcessMiner’s platform delivers continuous improvement to manufacturing operations by combining cutting-edge data science and technology. Benefits of the cloud-hosted platform include improved product quality, higher overall equipment effectiveness (OEE), less waste and fewer errors. Companies using the platform are cutting costs and improving profit margins.

“As the demand for AI-powered solutions in the manufacturing marketplace is quickly outpacing supply, the value ProcessMiner’s platform delivers can quickly complement, complete or add value to technologies either already in place or in various stages of deployment,” said Karim Pourak, Co-founder and CEO of ProcessMiner. “Many IIoT technology providers are seeking the missing link to their value proposition, which is frequently AI. This new partnership program will allow ProcessMiner to evaluate and partner with the best in breed solutions out there. We look forward to growing the program with our partners and building high-value services for our customers.”

ProcessMiner™ partners will fall under the following categories:

  • Value-Added Reseller
  • Systems Integrators
  • IIoT Providers
  • Industry 4.0 Visionaries

With a strong focus on developing and implementing AI solutions to automate industrial processes, achieve continuous, real-time availability to minimize operational and security risks, the ProcessMiner Platform program is designed to help manufacturers deploy artificial intelligence to monetize their data and deliver value, from the factory floor to the C-Suite.

ABOUT PROCESSMINER: Founded in 2014, the ProcessMiner™ platform predicts problems in real-time using AI within the manufacturing process. The platform is being rapidly adopted by the Tissue and Packaging industries, inclusive of manufacturers in the Pulp, Paper and Plastics industries and pilot projects are underway with water treatment and energy sectors of manufacturing. For more information, visit https://www.processminer.com.

ProcessMiner Media Contact:
Kate Tulloch-Hammond
CheekySkirt Media
khammond@processminer.com

ProcessMiner™ Announces Appointment of Bill Woodall to Scientific Advisory Board

Woodall is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association, a Fellow of the American Society for Quality, and an elected member of the International Statistical Institute.

ProcessMiner™ announced today that Professor William H. Woodall has been appointed to the company’s Scientific Advisory Board. Dr. Woodall is Professor Emeritus of Statistics at Virginia Tech, a former editor of the Journal of Quality Technology (2001–2003), and was a longtime Associate Editor of Technometrics.

“I am delighted to welcome Bill to our board of advisors,” said Karim Pourak, Co-founder and CEO of ProcessMiner. “He offers an extensive wealth of knowledge and an advantageous background in the process monitoring field. Our board is looking forward to leveraging Bill’s broad experience in statistics and quality along with the insights he will provide as we continue to focus on executing our strategy and delivering value for our clients.”

With the appointment, ProcessMiner’s Advisory Board now comprises four directors, all of whom are external and independent. Woodall joins ProcessMiner Advisory Board members Bill Donges, Managing Director and Founder at PdActive Inc.; Jeff Fulgham, Consulting Executive, Corporate Visions, and President, StrategyH2O; and Chris Luettgen, Professor of the Practice and Associate Director, Georgia Institute of Technology.

“It is exciting to see how ProcessMiner’s turnkey AI technology is delivering higher quality and lower costs across a wide range of industries by enabling autonomous manufacturing,” said Woodall. “I am pleased to join its Scientific Advisory Board, and I look forward to working closely with the ProcessMiner leadership team and its partners to help the company expand upon its strong growth and success.”

Woodall has published well over 150 papers, most on aspects of process monitoring and health-related surveillance. He is the recipient of the American Society for Quality (ASQ) Shewhart Medal (2002), the European Network for Business and Industrial Statistics Box Medal (2012), and the ASQ William G. Hunter Award (2019). For individual papers, he and coauthors have received the Jack Youden Prize (1995, 2003), the ASQ Brumbaugh Award (2000, 2006), the Ellis Ott Foundation Award (1987), the Soren Bisgaard Award (2012), the Lloyd S. Nelson Award (2014), and a best paper award from IIE Transactions on Quality and Reliability Engineering (1997).

ProcessMiner remains committed to being the industry-leading autonomous control solution delivering process improvement recommendations and parameter control changes in real-time to the production line. The ProcessMiner AutoPilot platform delivers material reductions in scrap, defects, and errors commonly encountered in complex manufacturing processes.

ABOUT PROCESSMINER: Founded in 2014, the ProcessMiner™ platform predicts problems in real-time using AI within the manufacturing process. The platform is being rapidly adopted by the Tissue and Packaging industries, inclusive of manufacturers in the Pulp, Paper and Plastics industries and pilot projects are underway with water treatment and energy sectors of manufacturing. For more information, visit https://www.processminer.com.

ProcessMiner Media Contact:
Kate Tulloch-Hammond
CheekySkirt Media
khammond@processminer.com

Solenis Enables Tissue Maker to Achieve Autonomous Chemistry Control

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Solenis Enables Tissue Maker to Achieve Autonomous Chemistry Control

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Written by Team ProcessMiner

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Solenis, a leading global producer of specialty chemicals, is working with a North American tissue maker to deliver continuous process improvement with autonomous chemistry control through its secure OPTIX™ Applied Intelligence artificial intelligence (AI) platform.

Developed with ProcessMiner™, a leading AI platform, Solenis’ adaptive analytics system accurately learns complex variable relationships in pulp and paper manufacturing processes and yields a digital measure of product quality. Autonomous manufacturing using AI with machine learning allows for improved product quality, optimized use of raw materials and reduced water and energy consumption.

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Deployed at St. Croix Tissue in Baileyville, Maine, OPTIX recently enabled the mill to accomplish something that was previously impossible. Using a closed-loop controller in conjunction with OPTIX quality parameter predictions, the mill was able to control its strength chemistry autonomously to ensure optimal chemical feed and adhere to target parameters.

“OPTIX has shown that it can reasonably predict different lab-tested parameters,” said Devin Rose, technical manager at St. Croix Tissue. “We’ve used this prediction in a closed-loop controller and successfully reduced variation in the final product. As a result, we’re excited about the value of this program.”

Launched by Solenis in early 2019, the novel OPTIX platform is operational in nine paper mills throughout North America and Europe, with additional deployments in progress. AI-powered predictive analytics of key quality parameters allows for on-the-fly process improvement, real-time process insights and continuous chemical control leading to improved target adherence, improved product quality and substantial cost savings.

COVID-19 is accelerating the need for autonomous manufacturing as operators seek to improve operational efficiency without making significant cap-ex investments and limiting human interaction. As a result, there has been mounting interest in the OPTIX platform, which enables the application of autonomous control to extend well beyond strength chemistry.

“Solenis continues to deliver innovative solutions that solve the complex problems that exist in the pulp and paper industry,” said Andreas Türk, president, Eurasia, Solenis. “Our partnership with ProcessMiner enables us to uniquely deliver the cutting-edge artificial intelligence and machine learning technology required for real-time, predictive analytics and autonomous manufacturing. Our latest OPTIX offering, autonomous chemistry optimization, is another example of Solenis delivering the value our customers need to stay competitive.”

 

“Solenis has been the ideal partner for driving autonomous manufacturing in the pulp and paper industry, leveraging the technology we’ve developed,” said Karim Pourak, cofounder and CEO, ProcessMiner. “The deep domain expertise the Solenis team brings, coupled with our industry-leading data science team, has been a winning combination. We expect rapid adoption and mill expansion of the OPTIX platform in this industry as a result of our recent autonomous control success at St. Croix Tissue. With a shrinking workforce in manufacturing, AI is an investment that manufacturers need to consider in keeping up with demand and product quality service levels.”

ABOUT PROCESSMINER: Founded in 2014, the ProcessMiner™ platform predicts problems in real-time using AI within the manufacturing process. The platform is being rapidly adopted by the Tissue and Packaging industries, inclusive of manufacturers in the Pulp, Paper and Plastics industries and pilot projects are underway with water treatment and energy sectors of manufacturing. For more information, visit www.processminer.com.

ABOUT SOLENIS: Solenis is a leading global producer of specialty chemicals for water-intensive industries, including the pulp, paper, oil and gas, petroleum refining, chemical processing, mining, biorefining, power and municipal markets. The company’s product portfolio includes a broad array of process, functional and water treatment chemistries as well as state-of-the-art monitoring and control systems. These technologies are used by customers to improve operational efficiencies, enhance product quality, protect plant assets and minimize environmental impact. Headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware, the company has 39 manufacturing facilities strategically located around the globe and employs a team of approximately 5,200 professionals in 120 countries across five continents. For additional information about Solenis, please visit solenis.com.

ProcessMiner Media Contact:
Kate Tulloch-Hammond
CheekySkirt Media
khammond@processminer.com