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Stora Enso Testing Drones for Woodyard Inspections, Fire Detection

Stora Enso - drones flying over woodyards. The drone used at Stora Enso's mills is a standard, commercially available model. But company experts have created a special methodology to help map out flying routes and facilitate automatic conversions and 3D calculations.

May 22, 2018 - Stora Enso is testing drones at several mills in Finland, the Czech Republic, and China to make woodyard inventories faster, more accurate — and safer. Using drones for stocktaking means that workers do not need to walk between logpiles or watch out for the large telescopic handling machines used to move logs. This, of course, reduces the risk of accidents and injuries.

The drone used at Stora Enso's mills is a standard, commercially available model. But company experts have created a special methodology to help map out flying routes and facilitate automatic conversions and 3D calculations. Once a flying route has been defined, the drone can perform an inventory independently — though still under human supervision.

"Woodyard inventories were our first priority task for drones, but the system is scalable and can also be used to measure piles of wood chips — or practically anything," says Mika Korvenranta, Project Manager at Wood Supply Finland. "Drones can be equipped with different sensors, allowing us to measure several variables during a single flight."

Flying Firefighter Robot

Stora Enso's Imatra Mills in Finland are meanwhile piloting a flying firefighter robot, developed by a local start-up. Whenever a fire alarm goes off, the robot automatically fits itself with a new battery, downloads the information it needs from the alarm system, and then promptly flies off to investigate.

"Such robots can help our first response team to better locate the scene of any fire and also give us information about relevant weather conditions, helping us to react faster," says Mikko Parikka, Fire and Security Manager at Imatra Mills. "They can particularly give us valuable footage from places that are difficult for people to get to, such as locations where hazardous gases are in use."

Stora Enso is a leading provider of renewable solutions in packaging, biomaterials, wooden constructions and paper on global markets. To learn more, please visit: www.storaenso.com.

SOURCE: Stora Enso