Making our tubes “Intelligent”
thanks to Open Innovation
How do we help our customers benefit from the latest digital technology? With our first ever “Open Innovation Challenge”, Vallourec is inviting new actors with expertise in digital technologies to work with us.Together, we can develop intelligent tubes.
Intelligent tubes are the future of our industry. Developments such as high-performance sensors, low data transmission networks, big data, energy harvesting are innovative technologies that open up new opportunities for intelligent tubes. Intelligent tubes could be designed to record and transmit information: whether it be about fluids in contact with the tubes (flow rate, pressure or temperature) or related to any changes in the tubes themselves, (cracks, deterioration or changes in wall thickness) over the whole lifetime of the product.
This Open Innovation Challenge helped Vallourec identify the best start-ups, laboratories and companies with expertise in these different technologies, to work with to develop solutions adapted to the Group’s markets.
“Through our Open Innovation Challenge, Vallourec is demonstrating its commitment to developing win-win partnerships with agile, leading-edge companies on new digital technologies. Our goal is to anticipate and take advantage of these technologies to offer differentiating solutions for our customers and consolidate Vallourec’s leadership over the long term”, explained Sylvie Dubois-Decool.
The Challenge was launched in September and Vallourec received over 40 project submissions from all continents. In November, the best ideas were presented to a jury constituted of Board members and representatives of each Region and Product Line. Vallourec will partner with the winning teams over the next year to develop joint solutions adapted to our markets while reinforcing our offer. “By joining forces with top players in the domain of micro sensors and digital, a new field for us, we can meet the needs of our customers as closely and as rapidly as possible”, concluded Sylvie Dubois-Decool.