Andritz wins 2024 Microsoft Intelligent Manufacturing Award

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Andritz is the winner of the 2024 Microsoft Intelligent Manufacturing Award in the category “Disrupt!”, which recognizes solutions that have the potential to fundamentally transform value chains. Andritz received the award for its digital solutions enabling autonomous operation of pulp mills.

Having supported customers in further developing and optimizing their manufacturing operations for decades, Andritz is now paving the way to make autonomous pulp mills a reality by leveraging its digital platform Metris.

Andritz has defined a five-level journey towards autonomy, which has been implemented across 39 pulp mills at varying levels. One of these mills has achieved 97% autonomous operation as compared to the industry benchmark of 60% to 65%. This has led to an 18% increase in productivity.

The Metris digital platform, which forms the basis for the journey towards autonomy, provides full support for industrial plants throughout their entire lifecycle, addressing customers’ main challenges such as operating costs, process stability, asset reliability, and sustainability.

The Microsoft Intelligent Manufacturing Award, organized jointly by Microsoft Germany and global strategic consultancy Roland Berger, recognizes thought leaders who are shaping the future of industry with their ideas and solutions in the fields of production, supply chain management, engineering and others. Winners are selected by a jury of decision-makers from diverse sectors, recognizing solutions in five distinct categories.