System requirements specification for COCOP system ready – The use of Software Development methodologies in EU research projects

By Carlos Leyva from IDENER (

A System Requirement Specification report (SRS) is a document that describes the system to be developed. It includes the set of requirements (functional, non-functional, …) that the system needs to fulfil in order to consider its execution complete.

A New Innovation Paradigm Based on Social Innovation

By Michael Kohlgrueber and Antonius Schroeder from Technische Universität Dortmund (

Social innovation focuses on changing social practices to overcome societal challenges, meeting social demands, and exploiting inherent opportunities in better ways than done before. It represents an understanding of innovation that goes beyond pure technological and/or business innovation.

Industry 4.0: key features and benefits

By Jose Ignacio Barbero from TECNALIA (

 “Industry 4.0” is about the fourth industrial revolution introducing the smart factory, where cyber-physical systems (CPS) monitor the manufacturing processes and make decentralized decisions. The term originates from a project in the high-tech strategy of the German government, which promotes the computerization of manufacturing.

Industrial Data Mining in process industry

By N. Link and N. Holzknecht ( or on LinkedIn and ResearchGate)

The continuous improvement of production processes takes a major part of the daily work for those responsible for quality and production in process industry. Here, Data Mining (DM) technologies, as a part of Data Analytics (DA), have shown their usability and suitability in many published applications. Furthermore, many powerful DM tools are available, both commercial and open source applications.

Optimising process operations – Model Predictive Control

By Jørgen K H Knudsen from 2-control ApS (https://ørgen-k-h-knudsen-8b903b2b/)

One of the most successful techniques during the last decade for optimisation of process units has been Model Predictive Control, MPC. As the name implies, MPC uses a mathematical model of the process to predict the future states of a process as a function of inputs to the process.

Data Analysis for optimized water processing as a roadmap to a smart city

By Peter Craamer from MSI group (

In 1900, just 15% of the world’s population lived in cities. Now that proportion is over 50%, and in 2050 it is expected to be more than 65% which is a lot of people. The world’s urban population is expected to surpass six billion by 2045.  As a result, cities will face numerous challenges in meeting the needs of their growing urban populations, especially when considering clean water distribution and waste water treatment. Technology can help with this.

Key Performance Indicator (KPI) and impact evaluation in distributed production systems – The importance of feedback

By Roger Ivaska and Peter Lingman (

In the design and maintenance of plant-wide control and advisory systems, measuring system performance is fundamental.

Digitalization in copper smelting - taking the next big step

By Jani Jansson and Mikko Korpi from Outotec (

The mining industry is well known to be challenged with declining productivity and ore grades, aging workforce and tightening regulations. It is also considered to be a decade or two behind some of the other heavy processing industries like oil and chemical industry for example.

Threats and challenges in the Special Bar Quality steel sector

By Felix Bayón from SIDENOR (

The Spanish Special Bar Quality steel sector, confronts a situation of loss of competitiveness compared to other countries and that motivated by three main reasons: a state energy policy that is unfavorable in view of the intensive character in power consumption of the Sector, a very restrictive environmental regulation and a cost of raw material and human resources in disadvantage.

Process control and optimisation in the Chemical process industry

By Rob Meier (

In the process industry, even though this varies from one area to the other one, processes should run at maximum performance which, however, is not simply maximum throughput.

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