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A Peek Into the Smart Future
Few people would disagree that maintenance and reliability are vitally important within a pulp and paper mill. Expensive
assets operating in a harsh environment on an almost non-stop basis
need to be maintained in order to operate efficiently and safely. The
problem is that in a complex system like a pulp or paper mill, there
are thousands of components and maintenance points that need to
be tended to, which creates a daunting, time-consuming and costly
challenge for maintenance crews. But the good news is that there are
some new tools that will help.
The growth of digital has obviously had a profound effect on society
and, as a result, on our industry. It has sent paper companies scrambling to find complementary or replacement products to maintain their
bottom lines, while searching for ways to manufacture products in a
more efficient and less costly way. In one way, the digital revolution has
helped our industry by making it possible for a mill to operate more
efficiently by providing improved ways to handle maintenance tasks.
Imagine that a maintenance person walking through a mill could
be directed by his smart phone through a complicated plant layout
to a point where a service action is required. Or that by donning a set
of smart glasses, he could immediately access the current status of
a component, diagnose problems, check its maintenance history, or
refer to operating or maintenance instructions.
The use of futuristic tools for this practical application is the theme
of an article in this issue by Valmet's Mika Karaila. It describes the
growing use of current digital technology for maintenance and the
work being done to apply intelligent products to what in the past have
been manual tasks.
"Visualizing mill repairs through wireless measurements, smart
phones, smart glasses and cloud computing will revolutionize maintenance prediction and lower costs," says Karaila, who contends that
"augmented reality" may well become a new reality for pulp and paper
When it comes to spotting and fixing reliability issues, an accepted
technique is Root Cause Problem Elimination, or RCPE. In this issue
we have included an article based on a presentation on RCPE by Tor
Idhammar and Tim Dunton at the OpEx seminar at PaperCon2015
in April. In it the authors conclude that 80 percent of all reliability
problems in a mill should be solved by the frontline organization, and
that in a "best-in-class" organization, about 30 percent of time should
be spent doing RCPE in one form or another.
The difficulty of maintaining a culture change after the changeagent has gone was the topic of a dinner conversation described by Jay
Shellogg in this issue. Working as maintenance/reliability superintendent in a large paper mill for most of his last 16 years has allowed
Shellogg to collect a number of such stories that have a positive message
for anyone working in this area.
We hope these articles, as well as others in this issue, will spark new
ideas that help improve maintenance and reliability in your mill.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Paper360 - July/August 2015
Over the Wire
Root Cause Problem Elimination…or Only Analysis?
Steam Profiler Gets New Lease on Life
From Reactive to Proactive
TAPPI Journal Summaries
Kemira Expands its Global Business and Humanitarian Reach
PEERS Offers Opportunities for Optimization
Index of Advertisers
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