Jan Egberts, a retired Wärtsilian, has taken recycling to a whole new level. He sees potential in things that others could discard. Case in point, scrapped parts from a Wärtsilä VASA 32 engine that have a new purpose in his garden sauna.
The world’s most efficient engine, Wärtsilä 31, has passed yet another milestone – a successful factory acceptance test in front of a satisfied customer. The first Wärtsilä 31 engines are soon to be installed in a new icebreaker, built by Vyborg SY, which will then head to the Arctic.
Robotic Process Automation (RPA) – three words that could remind one of human-like metal robots such as C-3PO in Star Wars. However, it is not. RPA is the invisible personal assistant that boosts efficiency, decreases the amount of manual errors, and frees up time for employees to do more value-added work.
RPA is known to eliminate human error, save time, and increase speed of service. At Wärtsilä, it is based on in-house resources and involves the employees in creating the RPAs. Wärtsilä’s in-house RPA talent consists of some 30 people globally. We met up with Hannes Hudd and Mats Holmberg to put the finger on the pulse of the RPA team.
RPA has been deployed in almost every corner of Wärtsilä’s organisation. With well over 100 RPAs running and tens of thousands of person-hours saved last year, in business units as well as support functions, Wärtsilä has reached a point where RPA is starting to become an integral part of the company’s DNA.