Valmet strengthens its production support services with a new IT system

Published Nov 30, 2000 00.00.00 +2 GMT

Valmet will introduce in its service operations a new generation PowerMaint upkeep management system supplied by TietoEnator Oyj. The system will facilitate data transfer and diagnostic methods related to preventive maintenance and fault analysis and enable electronic spare parts and consumables business. The system will be an integral part of the remote diagnostics concept launched by Valmet in October.

The PowerMaint system will be in joint use between Valmet's service operations and the customer’s mill, and will allow better planning and management of upkeeping and service operations, thus raising production efficiency. The system, which consists of several modules, includes highly developed tools for reporting and analyzing condition and operational reliability data. The system also includes an advanced monitoring and purchasing application for the spare parts and consumables inventory, which will enable rapid identification and ordering of spare parts. In the future, the system can be delivered to the customer with new machine deliveries, complete with basic data related to the production line’s maintenance and service needs.

The introduction of the PowerMaint system is the start of long-term co-operation planned between Valmet Service and TietoEnator Oyj, aimed at developing production support services for the pulp and paper industry.

TietoEnator is a leading supplier of IT services in Europe. In 1999, TietoEnator’s net sales totaled EUR 1.2 billion, and it had a staff of over 10,000. TietoEnator’s services include consulting, IT systems development and integration, enterprise resource planning and network management, product development services for customers, and software services. TietoEnator’s key customer businesses include telecommunications, finance, the public sector and the forest industry.

Valmet, the fiber and paper technology business area of Metso Corporation, is the world’s leading supplier of technology, systems and equipment for the pulp, paper, converting and panelboard industries. In 1999, Valmet’s net sales were EUR 1.7 billion and it had a personnel of 10,600.

Metso Corporation is a global supplier of process industry machinery and systems. Metso’s business areas are fiber and paper technology, automation and control technology, and machinery. In 1999, the net sales of Metso Corporation were EUR 3.4 billion, and the personnel totaled approximately 23,000. Metso Corporation is listed on the Helsinki and New York Stock Exchanges.

For further information, please contact: Kari Lauermaa, Senior Vice President, Agreements and Mill Services Valmet Corporation, Service Tel. +358 40 521 6543,