SWEDEN - Swedish forestry companies are utilizing artificial intelligence and robots to track parasite bugs, track and analyze wood pulp cooking times, and handle legal documents.
Packaging maker BillerudKorsnas AB is one of those companies. An early adopter of AI, it told Bloomberg that it's using the technology to analyze thousands of diagrams to determine just how long it needs to cook its wood chips before they turn into pulp. The company said that it could be done by a human, but it doesn't think a human would want to spend all day mulling over charts.
“A machine can review large data quantities and find patterns in ways we humans just find too boring,” Olle Steffner, director of intellectual property management, told Bloomberg in an interview. “Tasks such as monitoring processes or analyzing diagrams will hardly be missed by anybody. Our staff is needed for other things.”
Other companies are using AI to help point out errors in a manufacturing process, foresee trends, optimize logistics chains, and replace manual labor, says Bloomberg. Another, Sweden's largest forest owner Sveaskog AB, is using AI-developed algorithms to locate signs of spruce bark beetle attacks through satellite images of forests.
“You could gain the same knowledge by putting on a pair of boots and walking into the forest to check for yourself, but AI helps you to attain it without the cost for large amounts of manual labor," said a company spokesperson.
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