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Operations and Maintenance

  • Beginning a Maintenance and Operations Partnership

    by Torbjörn Idhammar

    Plant pros often talk about the importance of a maintenance, operations and engineering partnership. In my experience, the discussions commonly center on very general terms such as better communication and understanding. Those issues are important, but we need precise rules and actions to drive that partnership long term.

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  • Can Operations Manage Maintenance?

    by Christer Idhammar

    Some of the common measures – besides outsourcing - taken when an organization decides they need to improve maintenance performance include moving all maintenance resources to area operations managers. I often get calls from organizations that are contemplating to take this step towards improvements. I always ask why they would do that, what are the perceived benefits? 

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  • Is Maintenance a Supplier or Partner?

    by Torbjörn Idhammar

    Some organizations still view operations as the customer and maintenance as the supplier. In my opinion, a customer-supplier relationship between operations and maintenance undermines equipment reliability improvements.

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  • Operations + Maintenance = Production (part 1)

    by Christer Idhammar

    In this and following columns, I will elaborate concerning the vital relationship between operations, maintenance, and engineering. In this first column, I will focus on the relationship between operations and maintenance. I have written about this before, but the question has come up very frequently in the last year, so it is worth repeating some of the information.

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  • Operations + Maintenance = Production (part 2)

    by Christer Idhammar

    In the last column, I discussed joint goals and how to promote the operations/maintenance partnership through a different way of reporting and solving operations problems, as well as maintenance ones. In this and in the December article, I will continue to elaborate around the vital relationship between operations, maintenance, and engineering. 

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  • Operations + Maintenance = Production (part 3)

    by Christer Idhammar

    In the previous two columns, I discussed joint goals and how to promote the operations/maintenance partnership through a different way of reporting and solving operations as well as maintenance problems. In this article, I will continue to elaborate on the vital relationship between operations, maintenance, and engineering.

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  • Operations + Maintenance = Production (part 4)

    by Christer Idhammar

    In the previous columns, I discussed joint goals and how to promote the vitally important operations/maintenance partnership through a different way of reporting and solving operations, as well as maintenance, problems. In this article, I will continue to elaborate on the very important relationship between operations, maintenance, and engineering.

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  • Operations + Maintenance = Production (part 5)

    by Christer Idhammar

    In the previous columns, I discussed how to promote the vitally important operations/maintenance partnership. To find those columns, visit www.paperloop.com and look for back issues of Pulp & Paper. This is the last in my series of columns covering the operations/maintenance partnership, and it ends where it is more common to start a series like this with the vision and mission statements.

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  • Operator Driven Reliability — Who Owns Your Mill’s Equipment?

    by Chris Hykin, Mill Reliability Leader, International Paper

    By narrowing our focus to the variables that are within our control, most mills have found that improved reliability is a key area of cost and productivity improvement. Over the years, our quest for lower production costs through technology has drastically changed the role the operator in our mills. Once an operator spent the majority of his day “on the floor.” This provided a hands-on knowledge of how equipment worked and what are the signs of it starting to fail. In today’s world, most operators are running the mill via computer-controlled systems.

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  • Operators in Maintenance

    by Christer Idhammar

    To include operators in essential care of equipment including preventive maintenance inspections is one of the reliability and maintenance improvement initiatives that can yield the best return on investment. The investment is low and results in increased reliability and lower maintenance costs can be substantial. Still, very few pulp and paper mills can claim that their operators are involved to a significant extent in these activities.

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  • The Partnership Organization

    by Christer Idhammar

    Register now for PPRM 2016In poorly performing mills it is typical that production, maintenance and engineering organizations work in silos without much cooperation. The traditional view in these mills is that the maintenance organization delivers service to its customer which is the production organization and the engineering organization is called “the black hole” where requests for drawing and other documentation updates disappear, and maintenance and operations input on design are not included when new equipment is specified and procured.

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  • TPM Maintenance Training: I Bet an Operator Can Do This Inspection!

    by Torbjörn Idhammar and Michael Lippig

    An obvious resource is to use early detection of problems by an operator trained in tpm maintenance. Who can better detect subtle equipment changes? Think about your automobile. Except scheduled maintenance, the automobile operator initiates 98% of shop visits. Most automobile operators also understand that finding problems early equals major savings.

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