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Industrial analytics thought leadership-series.

How will industrial analytics, Industry 4.0, IIoT and digital transformation change businesses? And ultimately the world? We ask industry leaders to share their view on these technologies, how we use them, and where they will take us.

Franck Baco-Antoniali:

Cooperation makes us able to keep up with technology

Extensive collaboration enables digital innovation. The Lyon-based consortium Axel’One Analysis is part of a larger chemistry ecosystem and the cooperation on industrial analytics has proved its worth. Companies can easily share facilities, process knowledge and software utilization without sharing business critical data. It’s about using industrial analytics to gain competitive edge.

”Industry 4.0 is tightly connected to industrial analytics. My experience from working with a cluster of leading companies in pharma, chemistry and energy tells me, that they all agree on the potential in data science and they recognize the potential in industrial analytics in R&D as well as in manufacturing,” says Process Director R&D Franck Baco-Antoniali, Axel’One Analysis.

Playgrounds for data science

“Different companies have different goals and different strategies. Some may focus on development and the laboratories, while others have manufacturing at the center of attention. Despite those differences they all share the common need for keeping up with technology and the advances in data science. They all have great value from an environment, where analysts have equipment, software and knowledgeable peers close at hand,” he says.

“Many companies have a bottleneck in terms of the size and breadth in their analytics teams and in their IT functions. They need common “playgrounds”, where they can experiment and learn to use new technology. These collaborative playgrounds can radically speed up adoption of new technology, as each company alone may fall short in resources and in competency.”

Speeding up adaption

According to Franck Baco-Antoniali companies working in clusters can speed up adaption of concepts related to data science, and the advances in technology holds great potential for industries like pharma, chemistry, energy, food and more.

Axel’One is a good example with 30 professionals in staff and 200 hosted on the site. The facility has 9000 m2 of dedicated buildings and installed R&D equipment for more than 25 M Euro.

The analytical platform has thematics like separation techniques and physical and physical-chemical sensors. 3 work packages focus on separative techniques, sensors, spectral techniques and chemometrics with facilities for online raman, IR, spectrometry for gas and liquid analysis, and more.

Bridging of differences

“One crucial goal for a collaborative platform is to bridge the differences between development and manufacturing and between vendors of analytical technology and users of analytical solutions. The common interest is to make valuable analytical solutions,” he says.

“Some technology vendors still have steps to take in terms of packaging and robustness of the product, and a collaborative platform can give them a rich environment in which to learn and to understand the needs of corporate clients. This aspect is quite important if we want to speed up adaption of analytical technology. Maturity on the vendor side makes it easier for the industry to engage and utilize new digital capabilities,” says Franck Baco-Antoniali.

Axel’One started up with government funding in France, and now a consortium of bigger corporations is funding the collaborative platform 100 per cent. 40 projects and a turnover of 4,3 Mio Euro are among the key figures.

“We are tightly integrated to the leading area for production of chemicals in France and to a big industrial metropol. We also interact with an academic hub and with six industrial R&D centers with more than 2000 researchers. But nevertheless the basic concept of companies working together to enhance their data science capability is replicable all over the world,” he says.

One of the key benefits from co-innovation in terms of industrial analytics is the industrial scale on collaborative platform. State-of-the-art equipment and world class analytical software in abundance is a key enabler of fast results. The collaborative approach is enabling industrial analytics to be an important building block in Industry 4.0 in the future.

About the Axel’One collaborative

Located in the Lyon area, the Axel’One collaborative innovation platform hosts and supports collaborative R&D projects as well as VSEs/SMEs, in the chemistry and environment sector. The Axel’One platform was created in June 2011 as an association under the law of 1901. It has 10 founding and Premium members: Adisseo, CNRS, CPE Lyon, Elkem Silicones, ENS de Lyon, IFP Energies nouvelles, INSA Lyon, Solvay, Suez, and Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1. Axel’One has three sites in the vicinity of Lyon: Axel’One PMI (Innovative Materials Platform) in Saint-Fons, Axel’One PPI (Innovative Processes Platform) in Solaize, and Axel’One Campus (Basic Research) at LyonTech-la-Doua, all of which provide services to the competitiveness clusters that are members of the association: Axelera (chemistry-environment in Lyon), Plastipolis (plastics processing in Oyonnax), and Techtera (textiles and flexible materials in Lyon). Axel’One currently hosts about 40 collaborative projects, 15 VSEs/SMEs, and technology platforms that provide tools and skills pooled around three strategic areas: catalysis, advanced materials and Smart Process.

Axel’One Analysis is based on a consortium of industrials (Arkema, Adisseo, Air Liquide, Elkem Silicones, Ifpen, Servier, Solvay, Total) and is specialized in separation techniques (GC, µGC, UHPLC), spectral techniques (Raman, PIR, THertz, UV/VIS, …), specific sensors and data analysis (chemometry, MSPC). The platform mutualizes skills and tools for numerous R&D projects and provides an interface between instrumentation suppliers, industrial users of new technologies and academic laboratories. Visit Axel’One

Franck Baco-Antoniali:

Passionate industrial analytics expert

There is so much to be done with industrial analytics, if you ask Process Director Franck Baco-Antoniali, who is responsible for R&D in Axel’One Analysis. He is a leader in the French consortium delivering an analytical platform with equipment, software and competence to chemical companies and pharma industry in the Lyon area.

Dr. Franck Baco-Antoniali is a chemical engineer with a PhD in Analytical Chemistry from Lyon University, and he has previously been a project manager at IFPEN in charge of on line industrial analysis. Franck has also for three years been in charge of industrial analysis Department at IDEEL, which is an institute of non-carbon energy and eco-technologies.

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“The basic concept of companies working together to enhance their data science capability is replicable all over the world.”

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