"Data shows us that the majority of primary production companies are still running at full speed today," says Yves Van Ingelgem, CEO of Zensor. In companies that started digitization before the Covid-19 crisis, the critical production installations are monitored via a specific monitoring platform that continuously collects data and translates it via smart algorithms into numbers that quantify their efficiency and health status. This approach allows them to continuously and remotely monitor whether everything is still running smoothly and will receive a warning when a machine comes to a standstill.
The data on the Zensor platform was used to analyze the degree of utilization of a number of installations spread over 3 countries (Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands) and over 3 basic sectors (metal, minerals and glass). This comparison generated very interesting insights. It turned out that their occupancy, determined by counting the number of operating hours at full load, hardly changed! The study compared data from early February this year to the situation in early April.
"The number of hours per day that the critical installation was used was at best 4.1% higher than in February. The largest measured decrease was 1.2% compared to February” says Van Ingelgem.
This shows that the production of primary goods continues to run at full speed, which is very good news: the core of the economy has not yet been affected.