Intel AI Helps Speed Papermaking Process in Europe

Intel and byteLAKE develop an artificial intelligence solution that can help paper mills increase efficiency and lower costs.

What’s New: byteLAKE and Intel are collaborating on a new artificial intelligence (AI) solution to automate wet- and dry-line management during the papermaking process. The solution is designed to help paper mills avoid costly disruptions during paper production. byteLAKE’s Wet Line Detector for Paper Mills is commercially available and successfully implemented in paper mills across Europe. It is included in a collection of AI solutions for Industry 4.0 called byteLAKE’s Cognitive Services, which offers AI-assisted visual inspection and big data/Internet of Things sensors data analytics.

“At byteLAKE, we have used many Intel® technologies for several years and are impressed by their performance and scalability. The use of our technology in the paper industry helps with avoiding many critical situations during the process. The combination of byteLAKE’s Cognitive Services with Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors with built-in AI acceleration allows us to outperform GPUs and greatly simplify the future implementation of this solution in other Industry 4.0 scenarios.”

–Marcin Rojek, co-founder of byteLAKE

Why It Matters: Paper production is a multi-phase process during which a natural phenomenon called “wet line” (sometimes “dry line”) is observed. The wet line must be carefully monitored to avoid losses and expensive breaks in production. It is a highly tedious process where an operator must visually inspect the machine and monitor the wet line and adjust settings to avoid any issues.

“AI already plays a very important role in our daily lives. Nevertheless, many companies still perceive the application of AI in their business as an addition, not its foundation,” said Krzysztof Jonak, EMEA Territory Sales director at Intel. “The application of the Intel® Distribution of OpenVINO™ toolkit in byteLAKE’s Cognitive Services shows that AI works efficiently as an actual tool for optimizing company operations. Moreover, such a combination reduces the barrier of necessary upgrades to IT infrastructure in the company to an additional computer forming the basis for the whole system. This is a breakthrough in looking at AI and its implementation in companies that are able to see the potential in joining the ‘Industry 4.0’ family of businesses.”

How It Works: Wet Line Detector for Paper Mills is a dedicated AI model designed and trained specifically for the role of wet-line detection. It can work in real time and perform ongoing analysis of the frames from closed-circuit television. AI algorithms examine the surface where the weave is formed and detect the wet line. Additionally, the algorithms measure and estimate the location of the wet line and its width. This information is then presented to the paper-machine operator, who can react appropriately and adjust the settings as needed.

About the Technology: In Europe, byteLAKE optimized Cognitive Services on Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors with integrated Intel® Deep Learning Boost and the Intel Distribution of OpenVINO toolkit, enabling the solution to be used even more efficiently. This resulted in 10 times faster performance without any hardware upgrades or drops in model accuracy.

About Other Applications: According to Fortune Business Insights, Europe is expected to lead the Industry 4.0 market, which could reach $260 billion in the next five years. byteLAKE’s Cognitive Services can extend beyond paper mills and into Industry 4.0 applications wherever high-efficiency data analytics and visual inspection are required.

More Context: AI-assisted real-time visual monitoring for paper production (byteLAKE Blog)

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