At Metso, I work with our WearSense products; a real-time online monitoring system to identify the ideal moment to replace wear liners in our mining equipment. With time, the ‘body’ of the equipment wears down, so this IoT system enables us to monitor and predict when maintenance is required.
My job is both challenging and exhilarating. Working in IoT combines ‘tangible’ aspects with programming, which opens up a world of possibilities. These are massive machines we work with, and the cost of halting a machine can run into millions. Our code plays a crucial role in reducing waste, downtime and operational expenses.
Our team of five, distributed between Finland and Australia, works collaboratively on innovative solutions. During the Finnish winter, dealing with a 6-hour time difference, my initial 2 - 3 hours each day is dedicated to communicating with the team, aligning priorities, testing, and sharing mutual feedback. The diversity of thoughts and experiences each member brings to the table is truly inspiring.
I've had the chance to travel to Australia a few times to meet colleagues and witness our products in action at mining sites. Seeing my work come to life and spending time with the Australian team not only enhances our work, but also strengthens our bond. We’ve shared dinners, pullas (Finnish for sweet buns), stories and jokes. Even though we are on different continents, the team spirit remains strong.