2/2014

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Making the future every day: Lewel innovates progress in small steps

For an engineer, innovation isn’t necessarily a mind-boggling, world-changing invention. “Although it would be nice to have a cold fusion power source the size of a toaster, innovation usually means usability for the end user. It’s not just technology or industrial design, but the combination of these, among with others”, says Engineering Manager Aleksi Ukkola from the Lewel Group. He sees innovation as renewal and improvement. “For instance, one of our core fields is industrial system tracking, and the innovations in industrial internet are creating new solutions for us. It’s something that’s currently actively sought in order to put these innovations to use.”

The Lewel Group has its own expert forum, innovating constantly as a part of the company’s service process. “The idea is to always provide our clients with something more than they ordered, and to take the general progress a little further after every development project.” This means that a more efficient use of a sensor or energy mining insight can include new innovations, which in turn create a client solution that is faster, more economically viable, or just easier to use.

Even if it’s still possible to actually come up with something totally new and different, Ukkola is all about small changes: “The world goes on in small steps, not leaps – but the pace is really fast. Just try to imagine what the world will be like in 2020.” Unfortunately, Isaac Asimov is no longer with us, and even he didn’t get all of his predictions right.

But let’s predict for a second. Flying cars and intergalactic tourism is still further ahead than 2020, and we probably still won’t have toaster-sized fusion reactors. However, it’s possible we won’t be needing them – problems usually have more than just one solution. “We’ve probably solved the fusion generator one in a different way. With small innovations, one step at a time.”