For more cyber security – partnership between Bilfinger GreyLogix and Nozomi Networks

 

Nozomi Networks Inc., the leader in OT and IoT security, and Bilfinger Greylogix GmbH, a leading European automation and industrial IT/OT system integrator, are proud to announce a partnership enabling smooth integration of the Nozomi Networks monitoring and intrusion detection system technology (IDS) into Bilfinger GreyLogix customers’ base.

As an operating technology (OT) system integrator, Bilfinger Greylogix has built +20 years of expertise in the operation networks of many large industrial players. With the practical experience and customer’s proximity, we have the skills at hand for a successful implementation of the advanced technology supplied by Nozomi Network.

Recognized as the market leader in OT and IoT security, Nozomi Networks is valued for superior operational visibility, advanced OT and IoT threat detection and strength across deployments. Nozomi Networks solutions support more than 43 million devices in thousands of installations across Oil & Gas, energy, manufacturing, mining, transportation, utilities, building automation, smart cities and critical infrastructure. Nozomi Networks products are deployable onsite and in the cloud and span IT, OT and IoT to automate the hard work of inventorying, visualizing and monitoring industrial control networks through the innovative use of artificial intelligence. Use cases stretch beyond cybersecurity, and include trouble shooting, asset management and predictive maintenance

Together we help our customers become resilient against cyber security attacks and prepare them for the future where increased connectivity is going to play a vital role in order to stay efficient and competitive.

“Over the last few years, we received multiple inquiries from our customers on how to integrate the cutting edge OT security technology into their infrastructure. After a thorough market analysis, we have selected Nozomi Networks innovative technology as the forerunner within its field.  It has broad integration potential and an open architecture that enables us to address customer specific needs. “ Kristof Van Wauwe, Business developer Bilfinger Greylogix

“As industrial organizations across Europe embrace digitalization, Cyber Security for their operational networks has become a priority,” said Marcus Josefsson, Nozomi Networks Vice President of Sales for EMEA. “We are pleased to team with Bilfinger Greylogix to provide customers with effective solution for OT and IoT visibility and security, with the assurance of delivery through a highly respected partner.”

Digitalization and increased connectivity will enable customers to operate more efficient and reduce life cycle cost. Artificial intelligence, remote connections, Smart devices, Big Data are promising technologies: however, they require increased connectivity that opens digital doors for new risks.

Recent attacks showed how having visibility in the network, real time coverage of anomalies and vulnerabilities and a recovery plan to manage incidents, has become more and more important to guarantee operational reliance and minimize the impacts for the business. While this security strategic approach is already common sense in many corporate IT infrastructures, at the OT level, we experience the need for specific tools and in-depth automation expertise to understand the system limitations and execution pitfalls. Hardware replacement or upgrade of software in production is CAPEX intensive; downtime is costly or even impossible.

Selection of the right implementation partner is crucial for success in achieving desired outcomes. Requirements needs to be defined, networks configured, sensors placed, wires connected, reports and feedback organized in a structured manner. Analyzing the alerts and translating them into practical recommendations ready for field technicians’ action, will make your system better protected and easier to operate.

For this reason, we selected Nozomi Networks as trusted partner in the OT and IOT security. Their cutting-edge technology will enable our customers with better OT network visibility, advanced monitoring functionality with clear reporting and integration potential and high scalability.

 

About Nozomi Networks

Nozomi Networks accelerates digital transformation by protecting the world’s critical infrastructure, industrial and government organizations from cyber threats. Our solution delivers exceptional network and asset visibility, threat detection, and insights for OT and IoT environments. Customers rely on us to minimize risk and complexity while maximizing operational resilience.

About Bilfinger Greylogix

With our Headquarters in Flensburg, Germany, we are a system integrator that support our customers in the full life cycle of their integrated control and safety systems, OT network, and SCADA or MER infrastructure. Through our 20+ locations across Europe we bring our expertise to various asset owners in the Oil and Gas, (Petro-) Chemical, Life science and Energy industries.

For more info or questions send your inquiry now to Sales.greylogix@Bilfinger.com

Bilfinger’s Qubicon® software passes industrial field test: advanced process control in the biotech industry

 
  • First industrial beta test phase of Qubicon® successfully completed
  • “Quality-by-Control” approach: flexible process monitoring and control in real time ensure product quality
  • Central processing of all lab data increases efficiency and data integrity

Bilfinger’s Qubicon® software for enhanced process monitoring and control in pharmaceutical manufacturing has successfully passed the first industrial beta test, performed by the clinical stage global biotechnology company Ichnos Sciences SA in Switzerland. The software had previously successfully completed extensive alpha and beta testing phases in academic institutions, and the beta test was now conducted to confirm its usability in real-world production and purification settings.

Qubicon® automatically collects and processes all data in real time from connected equipment such as bioreactors and analytical instruments. The software thereby eliminates the need for time-consuming and error-prone manual data acquisition and processing. As an enhanced process monitoring system, it also continuously delivers information on the current status of the production process. The software has features that include “live” data comparison with reference runs (e.g. “golden batch”) and normal distributions as well as the calculation of soft-sensors and critical quality attributes (CQAs) in real time. This allows users to identify possible product quality defects during the production process and to initiate suitable control strategies in response. As opposed to the “Quality-by-Testing” approach, where inadequate product quality is normally revealed only after the production process and extensive testing, Qubicon® focuses on “Quality-by-Control”.

Gerald Berghammer, Head of Research & Development at Bilfinger Industrietechnik Salzburg: “With the beta test conducted by Ichnos, we undertook the final optimizations to Qubicon® and prepared it for industrial use. Qubicon® will enable our customers to vastly improve the effectiveness of their process development. Additionally, with the use of suitable mathematical models in Qubicon®, product quality can be ensured during the manufacturing process in the future.”

The focus of the industrial beta test was to assess the integration, processing and management of all data generated in upstream (cell culture production) and downstream (purification) lab operations at Ichnos. The creation of a centralized database will enable the identification of previously unknown process correlations, thereby deepening the understanding of the entire process chain. With this data, industrial users of the software will be in a position to enhance real time monitoring and advance process control.

Prior to the creation of Qubicon®, there was a gap in the market for automated solutions that seamlessly integrated data from upstream and downstream process development. Ichnos worked with Bilfinger to assess the software and provided input for the further development of the product.

Bilfinger Industrietechnik Salzburg has been developing the Qubicon® software for four years now. As part of a joint research project, the University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences in Vienna, Austria, delivered the scientific fundamentals. With its “Quality-by-Control” approach, Bilfinger is moving beyond the much-discussed concepts of “Quality-by-Design” (QbD) and PAT. Qubicon® monitors critical quality features and process states in real time and enables straightforward enhanced control strategies.

Bilfinger Industrietechnik Salzburg designs, manufactures and installs piping, plants and systems for the biotech and pharmaceutical sectors. The scope of services covers the entire life cycle of a plant – from the idea through installation and commissioning to maintenance. With progressive products such as Qubicon®, Bilfinger Industrietechnik Salzburg is expanding its range of services toward the intelligent bioprocess technology of tomorrow.

Bilfinger modifies plants for Corona vaccine production

 
  • Delivery and assembly of systems, valves and piping
  • Fast deployment of plant components and skilled personnel, ensuring on-time project execution

Bilfinger supported a well-known pharmaceutical industry client with the modification of plants for the industrial production of a Corona virus vaccine. In record time and under intense time pressure, the Bilfinger team delivered and installed systems, valves and piping for the conversion of the plant. The plant had previously been used to manufacture other products for the biotech industry.

“We are honored to be able to contribute to the fight against the Corona pandemic with this project,” says Lars Malter, CEO at Bilfinger Industrietechnik Salzburg GmbH. “As a long-standing partner to the pharmaceutical industry, we have an experienced team and a reliable network of suppliers, enabling us to deliver the required components at very short notice. Time, after all, is a decisive factor in the production of the vaccine.”

The team from the Austrian subsidiary Bilfinger Industrietechnik Salzburg delivered and installed systems, valves and piping. A range of substances required for the vaccine production process will flow through the pipelines. Bilfinger won the order at very short notice and carried out the work within just a few months.

Lars Malter: “The greatest challenge we faced was to quickly purchase the necessary parts, get them to the site and assemble them. As a result of the enormous time pressure, planning and construction took place simultaneously at the construction site – a unique situation also for us as a service provider for the project.”

Corona vaccines are making a vital contribution to the fight against the Covid 19 pandemic (source: WHO). To contain the pandemic and to ensure people have individual protection from the virus, it is now necessary to produce and administer billions of doses of vaccine in a short period of time. It would normally take several years to develop a vaccine – time that, if taken, would cost countless lives in the Covid 19 pandemic. Several manufacturers around the world have therefore successfully developed vaccines against the Corona virus in absolute record time.

Bilfinger Industrietechnik Salzburg designs, manufactures and erects pipelines, plants and systems for the biotech and pharmaceutical sectors in various countries around the world. The range of services covers the entire lifecycle of a plant – from concept to installation, commissioning and maintenance. With forward-looking products such as the Qubicon® advanced process monitoring and control software, Bilfinger Industrietechnik Salzburg is a partner for the intelligent bioprocess technology of tomorrow.

Bilfinger and Umincorp sign letter of intent for plastic recycling facilities

 
  • Partnership to construct several facilities for more efficient recycling of plastics
  • Bilfinger to execute engineering, procurement and construction
  • Innovative recycling process with 40% higher recovery of plastics

Industrial services provider Bilfinger and recycling tech company Umincorp have signed a letter of intent for a long-term EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) partnership. The aim is to jointly realize several plastic recycling facilities based on Umincorp’s new, unique and patented Magnetic Density Separation (MDS) technology. The Umincorp MDS recycling process has a 40% higher recovery of plastics and a 10% higher output quality than currently used recycling processes. After the successful commissioning of the first industrial-scale MDS recycling facility in Amsterdam, Bilfinger will now support Umincorp in standardizing their plant concept for international expansion.

“We are looking forward to collaborating with Umincorp in contributing to less plastic waste and better recycling”, says Wim van den Brink, CEO at Bilfinger Tebodin. “With our expertise, Umincorp will be able to quickly scale up the construction of recycling facilities around the world.”

The Dutch subsidiary Bilfinger Tebodin will execute the engineering, procurement and construction for the realization of the MDS facilities. The German subsidiary Bilfinger Greylogix will support them with their expertise in plant automation and process control in implementing remote control technologies in the recycling facilities to establish cost-effective maintenance solutions.

Jaap Vandehoek, CEO at Umincorp: “We selected Bilfinger as our EPC partner because they are a flexible and reliable partner with high quality and safety standards. They look beyond “just” providing a turnkey solution, but also take into account the smart operation and maintenance of the future facilities right from the start.”

The first project of Bilfinger and Umincorp will likely be a second facility in the Netherlands that is currently being developed. The joint project could be the foundation of the international expansion, establishing best practices for the design, engineering, procurement and collaboration with local suppliers. For example, installing pre-fabricated equipment modules instead of many separate pieces of equipment in the recycling facilities could help speed up their construction.

Bilfinger convinced Umincorp with their partnership approach: Bilfinger will team up with Umincorp to ensure the realization of all new facilities is within budget, time and the desired recycling quality through the correct application of their MDS technology. To achieve this, Bilfinger will utilize the capabilities of the equipment vendors and local partners as much as possible. The EPC partnership will enable Umincorp to focus on project initiation, R&D and operation. Based on the standardization approach, Bilfinger will continuously work on improving CAPEX and OPEX of the facilities.

Umincorp was established in 2012 and has brought the MDS technology to industrial performance levels, demonstrated in their up and running MDS facility in Amsterdam. In 2018, Ikea stepped in as a shareholder to further grow the MDS technology. The MDS and the Umincorp plant concept are available to the market through direct purchase or partnerships in targeted markets. To accelerate and further standardize the Umincorp plant concept, Balance (based in Amsterdam) successfully guided Umincorp through the tender process of selecting Bilfinger as EPC partner for the realization of multiple MDS facilities globally.

Yearly, around 300 million tons of plastics are produced on earth, representing a raw material value of more than $100 billion. Most of it is used for less than 15 minutes, as a large part of all plastics is related to packaging. After usage, around 30% of the plastic ends up in rivers and oceans – the equivalent of one garbage truck full of plastic each minute. Around 10% of the plastic waste is incinerated and 40% is landfilled. 20% is collected for recycling, but this is more downcycling, as only 5% of the recycled plastic really flows back into the economy as new raw material due to the low recovery and the poor output quality. Umincorp’s disruptive plastic recycling technology recovers 40% more plastics and the output has such a high purity that it can be used for packaging again.

Bilfinger expanding in international maritime scrubber market

 
  • Contracts top €100 million in value
  • Bilfinger scrubber technology to be used on 70 ocean-going vessels

The international maritime shipping industry is increasingly using emission-reducing flue-gas desulfurization systems provided by Bilfinger. Following additional orders in recent months, the
industrial services provider now has contracts for its scrubber technology with a value in excess of €100 million on its order books. This brings a total of 70 vessels belonging to national and
international shipping companies in line with stricter future environmental requirements imposed by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the European Union.

Tom Blades, CEO of Bilfinger: “Our scrubbers stand out for their low operating costs, excellent environmental performance and high system reliability. There is huge potential for
environmental technologies, especially in the maritime sector. Bilfinger has decades of expertise in flue-gas cleaning. This enables our customers to continue safely operating their vessels in what is becoming a stricter regulatory environment.”

Since Bilfinger began transferring its power plant flue-gas desulfurization expertise to maritime applications around two years ago, orders received have come to around €102 million.
According to the German Shipowners’ Association (VDR), some 50,000 merchant ships are affected by the new sulfur emission limits. To meet the anticipated demand, the Group is
already taking a closer look at potential fabrication partners for flue-gas desulfurization systems in China.

Current customers include shipping companies from Germany and Greece as well as a shipyard in China. The orders come under the Technologies service line.
Scrubbers remove sulfur emissions from flue gases produced by main engines, auxiliary diesel engines and boilers. The flue gases are introduced into the side of the scrubber and brought
into contact with seawater. In the open-loop process, the seawater passes through a continuous scrubber. In the closed-loop process, absorbents are used. The hybrid technology uniting open-loop and closed-loop modes in a single system can be deployed in all oceanic regions the worldover. As part of the closed-loop process, water from the scrubber is purified in an innovative
water treatment unit and stored in a tank. Bilfinger supplies both open-loop and hybrid scrubbers. With its scrubber solutions, Bilfinger provides a full-service package taking in development, fabrication and maintenance.

International shipping will face significantly stricter environmental standards in the future. Most vessels are currently propelled by heavy fuel oil containing up to 3.5 percent sulfur. In response
to this, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has reduced the permissible fuel sulfur content worldwide to 0.5 percent from 2020. Both the IMO and the European Union allow
desulfurization to be achieved using flue-gas cleaning systems known as scrubbers. These reduce exhaust sulfur dioxide concentrations just as thoroughly as with the use of low-sulfur
fuels (marine diesel and LNG), which are very expensive by comparison.

Jens Borgschulte, Finance Director of the Technologies service line: “The scrubber is a virtually unrivaled product that pays for itself in just one to two and a half years. The strong demand
bears out our successful technology transfer from the industrial plant sector to other growth segments.”