A comprehensive reliability improvement program was needed to standardize maintenance procedures, and improve planning and scheduling for maintenance related activities. This type of program relies on key performance indicators (KPIs) such as the number of emergency work orders, the percentage of work orders labeled “urgent” and spending as a function of asset replacement value to verify results and track progress. It also calls for maintenance workers and engineers to properly trained, certified and coached on best practices.
To meet these challenges head-on, the mill partnered with ABB to identify and implement a variety of these maintenance improvement initiatives. The first step involved conducting a benchmark study
to ascertain the mill’s current state of maintenance. From this study, a list of prioritized recommendations was developed.
ABB settled on a mix of classroom training, in-field and on-the-job coaching, follow-up audits and refresher courses for key personnel from each of eight critical areas: papermaking (involving three specific paper machines), the waste treatment plant, the bleach plant, the unbleached pulp mill, the power generation facility, the chemical recovery area and the wood-yard. Each team received customized training designed to improve its knowledge base and performance.
Traditionally, each of these functional areas had its own processes and procedures, developing standardized processes and work practices was critical. To achieve this, everyone received the same classroom and field training and the same tests. This ensured the mill could place the right personnel into the role best suited for their skills and knowledge.