Lockdown for Landia brings online commissioning benefits
Landia said that one positive outcome of the travel restrictions caused by the global pandemic is an increase in e-business, which in many cases is reducing man hours for all parties by as much as 90%.
“Online commissioning might not become the new normal,” said Landia’s export director Thorkild Maagaard, “but our new e-services are here to stay. In fact, we see no limitations as to what we can offer our customers online. All they need is a smartphone and an internet connection.”
Maagaard cited a recent example of a Landia installation in Hong Kong.
He added: “Before the lockdown, we would have had to send an engineer to go through the installations before a Commissioning Approval Certificate could be signed. We are at an advantage because we have a dedicated team in Shanghai, but the cost would still have been around $3,000 (€2,700).
“But if we’d had to send over one of our engineers from our manufacturing facility in Denmark, the cost would have been in excess of $5,000 (€4,600). Either way, online commissioning is a fraction of the cost.”
According to Landia, with typical time-consuming delays such as the contractor usually having to wait for a supervisor, on-site commissioning for a project of this size could take up to 8-10 days in total. In comparison, online commissioning would take the equivalent of just one day.
“Quite rightly, we could be asked why we haven’t done this before,” continued Maagaard, “and we’d be the first to admit that the lockdown forced us to think differently. The more we looked into what we could offer, the more ideas we saw to support our global business – ideas that at the same time, mean less air travel and a much-reduced global footprint for us, our customers and the planet.”
During a recent two-week total lockdown on the island of Jersey, where no planes or ships were permitted, Landia was able to provide online commissioning for maintenance of its digester mixing systems.
“Naturally, we all look forward to the end of lockdown and being out on site to see our customers and those we work with,” said Maagaard, “but we are already looking to expand our new Landia eServices for the training of maintenance staff, problem-solving with technical issues, supervision of repairs and annual inspections. A considerable part of the way we do business has now changed.”