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  • 2021-04-13

    Industry 5.0 to promote innovation and sustainability in manufacturing

    The EU programme titled Industry 5.0 aims to employ research and innovation to achieve a more sustainable and human-centric European industry. Some of the work within this initiative is carried out at Karlstad University. This week will see the installation of an industrial collaborative robot, which will not only increase the quality of our engineering courses and programmes but also strengthen the collaboration with industry partners within the project.

    “The modern industry is in great need of skilled personnel in automation and robotics”, says Jorge Solis Associate Professor in Electrical Engineering. “Using collaborative robots in manufacturing makes it qualified work, adding production value and facilitating customisation and personification of products. To improve the industry’s chances to recruit skilled employees, Karlstad University aim to furtherly develop the quality of our courses and programmes.

  • 2021-02-23

    Research on cross-laminated timber

    Karlstad University is working actively to develop its wood research and the research group, together with its partners, has in the last year received considerable funding from various funders to develop timber construction.

    Karlstad University and researcher Johan Vessby has received a grant from the Swedish bioeconomy cluster Paper Province. The funding will be used to investigate areas of use for residual products of cross-laminated timber to develop industrial timber construction.
    Paper Province is a business cluster and innovation platform, supporting new sustainable solutions sprung from the forest. Recently the cluster granted SEK 360 000 to Johan Vessby, senior lecturer and researcher in the field of Construction Technology at Karlstad University.

  • 2021-02-01

    B2B Forum on SmartIndustry 2021

    January 20 - 21, the digital conference B2B Forum on SmartIndustri was held at Karlstad University. The purpose was to highlight the strengths of Industry 4.0 and the ways in which its technical aspects are relevant.

    The program for the technical conference focused on the Industrial Internet of Things (IoT), Edge / Cloud computing, 5G Networks and the role that machine learning and Artificial Intelligence (AI) have for the steel, pulp, paper and process industries.

  • 2020-10-27

    Process modelling for more efficient pulp and paper manufacturing

    Integrated paperboard manufacturing consists of a number of unit processes that continuously generate large amounts of process data. Manufacturing is energy-intensive and variations must be taken into account to achieve the optimal production process. A new thesis at Karlstad University shows how different mathematical models can be applied to the processes in aspects of improved product quality and reduced energy use.

    “I have studied the conditions that exist for statistical and mechanistic models for predicting pulp and paperboard properties and for increased energy efficiency”, says Daniel Ekbåge, who successfully defended his doctoral thesis on process modelling in pulp and paper manufacturing.

  • 2020-10-21

    VIPP Graduate School about to reach finishing line

    VIPP Graduate School, which started in 2011, will reach the finishing line at the end of 2020. The occasion is celebrated with an event in connection with Papermakers Light on 12 November.

    “During this year, we will work hard to complete all projects and create conditions that will enable all our doctoral students to graduate”, says Magnus Lestelius, professor of chemical engineering and new programme director of VIPP Graduate School. “We are going to make use of our experiences from the graduate school as we plan for the future and continued collaborations with the business sector. We hope that the event will be a memorable occasion, as well as the start of something new.”

  • 2020-10-12

    Analysis method crucial for correct results in coronavirus research

    Researchers in analytical chemistry at Karlstad University have published an article on the analysis of how the coronavirus attaches to receptors in the human body. They argue that existing research in the field has drawn incorrect conclusions due to simplified calculation methods.

    “We were interested in using our new advanced method of calculating interactions on surfaces, which Patrik Forssén, doctor of data processing, developed in collaboration with us to contribute to a better understanding of the infection mechanisms of Covid-19”, says Torgny Fornstedt, professor of analytical chemistry. “However, we were not able to perform Covid-19 experiments at short notice, including taking into account all safety aspects, and we also needed a test case for research applications.”