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Planning and Scheduling

  • A Driving Lesson for Operations and Maintenance

    by Torbjörn Idhammar

    Picture this. Personnel from a plant are driving along a road in an automobile. The maintenance manager is driving blindfolded. Sitting beside the maintenance manager is the mill manager who is peering in the rear view mirror. In the back seat, the production manager is urging the maintenance manager to proceed at top speed while simultaneously warning him about a flat tire.

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  • In Maintenance, Two Plus Two Can Equal Eight

    by Torbjörn Idhammar

    Most maintenance departments profess to be convinced of the need for maintenance planning and scheduling and condition based maintenance. However, the benefit of using them together seems to be shrouded in mystery. Let’s open the hood and look at how they work together to produce results far exceeding that of the sum of the benefits of each used alone.

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  • Justification of planners

    by Christer Idhammar

    Planning is here defined as defined as the work done to decide: What work to do, How it will be done and How long time it will take.

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  • Maintenance Planning and Scheduling - The New Profit Center

    by Chris Hykin, Advantage Team leader, International Paper

    Introduction of “Maintenance Planning and Scheduling – The New Profit Center”- As an industry, we are facing vastly different circumstances than we ever have before. New low-cost producers and an ever-shrinking world market have left the old, dominant mills fighting for survival. No stone is being left unturned in the search for improvements that will allow a mill to stay economically viable in these difficult times.

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  • No-no’s for the Maintenance Planner Role

    by Torbjörn Idhammar

    Organizations should have a clear work description of what a planner’s role is. The role may vary between organizations, mainly due to plant size. Some organizations have combined planners/supervisors. Some have dedicated planners for shutdowns/turnarounds. Many have people with a planner’s title, but no planning.

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  • Proactive Approach to Shutdowns Reduces Potlatch Maintenance Costs

    by Dave Krings

    Potlatch Cloquet's low-cost maintenance shutdown management techniques focusing on type, quality, and timing of work contribute to an 83% drop in maintenance cost per ton.

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  • Setting Disciplined Priorities when Prioritizing Maintenance Work

    by Christer Idhammar

    A Maintenance Planning and Scheduling Perspective

    Priority, as defined in the Franklin Dictionary, means "coming before in time, order, or importance." When prioritizing maintenance work, one must consider its importance to the entire company in question. My experience shows that, in the real world of most maintenance departments, you can classify priorities in two groups: Emotional priorities and real priorities.

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