Valmet provides maintenance outsourcing services for board, paper and pulp mills around the world. Maintenance outsourcing means that Valmet takes full responsibility of the mill's maintenance and workshop operations, including inventory management on-site and the hiring of required maintenance personnel.
Benefits of outsourcing services include turnkey solutions for systematic and more efficient operations, allowing the mill to focus on its core business. Using Valmet’s knowhow on maintenance, process technology and automation, processes can be taken to the next level, whether outsourcing existing or new maintenance operations.
In the case of existing maintenance operations, an outsourcing process starts with a maintenance study that covers both financial and operational aspects of the current maintenance operations. This study reveals the realistic development potential of the mill in terms of maintenance costs and process availability.
The typical scope of an outsourcing agreement covers:
- Daily maintenance and shutdowns
- Maintenance development
- Maintenance materials management
- Maintenance supplier network management
The agreement can also include provisions regarding the ownership of certain spare parts, roll grinders and other maintenance equipment.
Maintenance establishment for new mills
For new mills and plants, the service scope includes setting up the organization and maintenance processes. This is always an extensive project and related planning should start already at the pre-engineering stage. The following issues need to be addressed before startup:
- Collection of required technical data and documentation
- Creation of preventive and predictive maintenance plans
- Implementation of a Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS)
- Recruitment and training of maintenance personnel
- Setup of maintenance supplier network
- Investments in maintenance facilities, such as workshops and storage
- Investments in roll maintenance equipment, such as a roll grinder
- Purchase of maintenance tools and equipment
- Spare parts selection and procurement
Daily maintenance the Valmet way
Maintenance involves identifying and developing key maintenance processes, shutdown planning, materials and resource planning, and competency development, as well as key performance indicator (KPI) management and follow-up by Valmet.
Maintenance planning ensures availability
In a major mill or plant investment project, the cost of maintenance planning is just a drop in the ocean. However, it pays for itself many times over through high availability and better results.
Perfect combination at Greenpac
High-quality, lightweight containerboard production line and mill maintenance agreement move the Greenpac Mill in Canada forward.
A vote of confidence in performance-based mill maintenance
Saica has contracted Metso Mill Service (MMS)* to be the sole provider of maintenance services, from the recovered paper conveyors to the new reel warehouse, at its new 400,000 tpy Partington, UK mill, near Manchester. The concept focuses on a machine performance and productivity model which has been partially tested in Spain. *Valmet as of January 1, 2014