Production in full swing
machines in Maint-system
million cubic metres annually production
Finland’s largest privately owned wood processing group Versowood decided to update its machine maintenance processes. Now the data and maintenance procedures of all Versowood machines are updated in real-time in the ARROW maintenance system.
5233, this is the figure shown on the screen of Versowood Maintenance Manager Jyrki Nieminen. It is the number of machines included in the system in Versowood Group’s Vierumäki unit. All the sawmills produce a total of 1.3 million cubic metres of sawn timber out of 3.3 million cubic metres of raw material each year, and in addition the Group produces various other wood and energy products. Versowood machines sort, peel, saw, dry and pack 220 truck loads worth of wood each day.
Although the number of machines is massive, it only takes a moment for Nieminen to find the service and maintenance history of a desired machine from the ARROW Novi maintenance system.
“All machines have been entered into the maintenance system hierarchy file, which makes machine-specific data easy to find. All in all, the system is logical and easy to use,” says Nieminen contently.
Discovering errors before interruptions
The central goal of the maintenance system is to improve the co-operation of Versowood production personnel and the service team in charge of machine maintenance. Nieminen feels that the goal has been achieved.
Production personnel can enter all maintenance and repair orders regarding Versowood machines into the maintenance system. The majority of these are made as web error reports. The tasks are passed on to the service team who marks them as received and, once they are finished, as completed. The production personnel can monitor the progress of the tasks in the system, and all entries are recorded for later use.
In Nieminen’s view it is particularly important that plans for advance machine maintenance work can already be entered into the system for the upcoming years. With the listings provided by the system, all maintenance work operations can be ordered well on time.
In addition to maintenance procedures, the system is used to keep record of, for example, instructions related to the machines, documents regarding maintenance work, machine condition assessments and bearing vibration measurement reports.
“The system has enabled us to detect emerging errors, which could have disrupted the operation of a saw line for one or two shifts. The machine-specific error history makes it possible to target machine investments in a well-founded manner,” says Nieminen.
Nieminen and Versowood Group Development Manager Matti Perämäki were first introduced to Maint when Versowood purchased a sawmill located in Hankasalmi which used the Maint maintenance system. ARROW’s operations were convincing, and, as a result, Maint was implemented in five Versowood sawmills. Later or, Versowood replaced Maint with ARROW Novi.
“ARROW’s expertise in machine maintenance is what convinced us. Another factor were the praising comments from my acquaintances who have co-operated with ARROW. Now, after 18 months of working with ARROW, I can say that I am satisfied with our co-operation. ARROW has kept all its promises and we have stayed on schedule. One person who deserves special praise for directing the project is ARROW Project Manager Eppu Kuusela,” says Perämäki.
In addition to maintenance, Versowood decided to implement the Maint system also as a tool for occupational safety and health management in all of the Group’s units.
“We have created a virtual factory in the system, which allows us to monitor the progress of all projects related to occupational safety in a table or calendar view,” explains Perämäki.
Use of Novi will be increased
Nieminen feels that the implementation of the Maint system went smoothly, even if it took some work. First, all machine information was updated in the old system and then transferred into Maint. Next, machine service and storage information was entered into the new system, and hundreds of employees were trained to use the system. Well-performed base work was worth the effort.
“After the system change, maintenance data has been updated 10 times more actively than before,” Nieminen states.
The first year of the new maintenance system has been so successful that Versowood wishes to expand the use of the system. According to Perämäki and Nieminen, the system will soon be implemented in all Versowood units.
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