Automation upgrades and lifecycle services

Upgrading software can be expensive, and it essential that expenditure is minimized over the lifecycle of a process. Proper investment planning and lifecycle management ensure a lower total cost of ownership.

Challenge: Software support, reduce total cost of ownership, investment planning

Operating systems need to be upgraded at certain intervals to avoid the risks
associated with out-of-date software, such as an increased vulnerability to
malware or viruses. Upkeep of out-of-date software can also result in higher
support costs due to more expensive resources being needed and lack of software support.

Longer-term investment planning can be tricky in uncertain investment environments. It is also essential to ensure that there is enough working capital for unexpected events and to minimize expenditure over the life of a process.

Solution: Fast payback time with automation upgrades and technology roadmapping services

Valmet’s technology roadmapping service works with you to develop a life cycle plan which meets your system needs and requirements. The automation upgrade plan allows you to cost-effectively upgrade your software yearly.

Through continuous upgrades, the newest software features are made available quickly and regularly. This is as opposed to a larger-scale, one-off upgrade method, which leaves the latest productivity-enhancing technology unavailable until the next major upgrade period, as any new feature that is required must suit the greater upgrade business case.

Uncertainty regarding life cycle expenditure is virtually eliminated through
regularly scheduled upgrades and a set fee agreement, which helps minimize costs and cash flow variation.

Benefits: Optimize upgrade costs and benefits, reduce investment planning uncertainty

Continuous software upgrades are cheaper than one-off upgrades and allow easier and more timely acquisition of new features. Additionally, there are no breaks in support or additional risks to the system emerging from an end of support occurring for operating systems or software.

  • Lower total cost of ownership
  • New feature acquisition possible without a need for complicated and expensive business cases
  • Minimizes system risk
  • Ensures valid and current software support

Customer Success Stories

UPM Fray Bentos takes advantage of a new Valmet Kappa Analyzer

UPM Fray Bentos takes advantage of a new Valmet Kappa Analyzer

When UPM Fray Bentos decided to replace its aging Kappa Brite Analyzer after over 10 years of sterling service they again chose Valmet and in 2019 installed the latest online analyzer Valmet Kappa QC.

Valmet DNA extends lifetime of paper machine controls at Stora Enso Nymölla

Valmet DNA extends lifetime of paper machine controls at Stora Enso Nymölla

In May, Stora Enso Nymolla successfully started up its PM2 with up-to-date control technology. Valmet’s delivery comprised Machine Control PLC replacement with Valmet DNA.