Radix Develops Technological Master Plan for Veracel Cellulose
5-Year Roadmap includes mapping of OT assets, security solutions, technology, and governance
Radix has delivered an Automation and Information Technology Master Plan for Brazilian pulp & paper company Veracel Cellulose. Radix prepared a roadmap to assist Veracel's digital transformation over the next five years, focusing on Information Technology (IT) and Operational Technology (OT) integration. New technology trends, characteristics of Veracel’s pulp mill, information security, and the feasibility of the initiatives were considered in the project.
Radix performed an operational and technological assessment, including a complete mapping of all the company's OT assets. The goal was to seek solutions that integrate Veracel’s IT and OT visions and allow it to achieve its strategic operational and business objectives. The project provided improvements for security, automation, information technology, and governance processes.
Approximately one hundred interviews were conducted with employees from 17 different areas to inform the analysis. Present challenges and opportunities were detected, making it possible to outline and prioritize initiatives to achieve goals and objectives.
“It is very satisfying when we see that a company is interested in making its digital transformation process in a planned and functional way. To reach a degree of sustainable technological maturity, it is necessary to think about the long term, focusing on transforming this need into a viable and safe solution,” said Barbara Yuri de Oliveira, Radix’s Pulp & Paper manager.
According to Barbara, the project is essential for understanding Veracel's current processes and identifying the points that require an evaluation of priority action, as they generate a greater risk to the systems in use.
“We were looking for a partner, not just a supplier! This enabled the whole process to unfold in the best possible way, with a lot of synergy between the IT and OT areas,” said André Borges, IT Business specialist at Veracel.
Veracel integrates forestry, industrial, and logistics operations, which result in an average annual production of 1.1 million tons of pulp, generating more than 3,200 own and third-party jobs in the discovery coast region of Bahia.