TICONDEROGA | International Paper’s Ticonderoga mill will stage its annual maintenance shutdown this fall, a relatively routine procedure under normal circumstances that has become a Gordian Knot of logistical angling in the world of the coronavirus.

We know that we need the support of operations in order to reach top-notch reliability in our plants. Does your operations manager know exactly what your expectations are? Have you identified, communicated and agreed upon exactly what you need operations to do?  

A scheduled maintenance outage is a critical part of any mill’s operation. The downtime gives employees an opportunity to complete necessary maintenance that isn’t possible during normal operations, and it ensures the mill continues to run safely and efficiently. It’s also important to the community.

Not all desuperheaters are made equal. Desuperheaters come in various types and are selected based on application. A desuperheater’s job is quite simple – spray water into the superheated steam supply line to cool it down – this simplicity can relegate its application selection and the wrong type of desuperheater can be applied leading to a big headache once in operation.

Yesterday you were a happy camper.  Today you are told your Maintenance Cost (MC) as a percent of your Estimated Replacement Value (ERV) is 4.9%.  According to Consulting, Inc. and your corporate management 4.9% is way too high.

The use of 3D design, integration of design models into one plant model, and Virtual Reality, benefit investment projects. But how can the plant model be effectively utilised after the project? How is it ensured that it remains up to date? The maintenance of Kotkamills Oy shows the way.

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.

Maintenance managers and supervisors in tissue mills are required to work to budget and cut the costs of maintenance wherever possible. An efficient management of your TT SYD (Steel Yankee Dryer) helps reduce maintenance costs and avoiding the risk of emergency stops.  

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