Jari Salminen appointed President of Maintpartner’s Productivity & Digital Solutions business

M.Sc., MBA Jari Salminen has been appointed President of Maintpartner's Productivity and Digital Solutions business line starting on 13 August 2018. Significant growth is sought for the business, whose spearhead is the predictive MP INtelligence analytics that monitors the plant processes online and detects threatening defects before the plant's own systems. The unit also implements dynamic predictive maintenance solutions.

Salminen has a strong international background in the development of IoT-based solutions, business and customer relationships. He is currently responsible for Software AG's international IoT sales and business development and has previously held similar positions in, for example, Cumulocity GmbH and Vodafone.

"Jari has a good understanding of the industry's needs for holistic digital solutions and a solid experience and network that are a definite advantage in his new position," says Maintpartner Group’s CEO Pasi Tolppanen. "I believe that he together with our competent team will strongly take forward both MP INtelligence and our other digital and productivity services business."

"Exploitation of data is one of the hottest trends, and a large number of industrial companies are also investing in IoT solutions for real-time data collection," says Jari Salminen. "The challenge is how to utilise the collected data in business. I believe Maintpartner has a solution for this. Combining Artificial Intelligence and machine learning based technology with Maintpartner's industrial know-how enables the data utilisation and business value creation quickly. I am excited to be involved in developing the business forward."

Until Salminen takes up his position, Maintpartner's Productivity and Digital Solutions business is led by Otto Tarkiainen, who supports Salminen for the time being.

Salminen's office will be located at Maintpartner's head office in Espoo.

Further information:
Pasi Tolppanen, CEO, Maintpartner Group
Tel. +358 40 541 6656, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

 

Welding operations at Maintpartner Finland certified

Maintpartner has been granted ISO 3834-2 certification for its welding operations at the Kokkola site and EN 1090 quality certificate for its operations at the Voikkaa in the city of Kouvola. The Kokkola certificate is based on a general quality control system for welding which is typically required for objects under the pressure equipment directive such as tanks and pipework. The certificate received by the Voikkaa site covers load-bearing steel structures, such as industrial base frames and platforms.

It is essential to perform welding quality assurance in advance, since quality can’t be made afterwards and, when failing, welding will undermine the safety of the end product. At Maintpartner, we have concentrated demanding welding work to the Voikkaa site which serves South-Finland and Kokkola, who takes care of northern Finland.

Certification requires that all welding-related operations from design to personnel and equipment, materials handling and storage, as well as production and its security are implemented in a systematic and proper manner. Maintpartner has a comprehensive quality manual on welding and welding instructions that have been secured by welding procedure tests.

Nondestructive testing (NDT) is performed on the welding work to the extent required by the work; they include, among others, X-ray imaging of the welding seams and ultrasonic testing. Certification is required for welding load-bearing steel structures and some pressure equipment.

"Depends on, for example, the contents, volume and temperature of the pressure equipment, whether the certificate is required,” says Timo Kautto, welding coordinator at Maintpartner. "All our welders are certified and fully qualified for demanding jobs."

"Continuous quality assurance serves our customers best when the quality and safety of end products are improved," concludes Kautto. "I feel that certification also helps us continually develop our own operations."

Maintpartner’s customers represent all industries, such as the manufacturing and chemical industry, and the energy sector, where, in addition to ordinary welding work at facilities, we are experienced in welding flood gates, for example.

Further information:
Timo Kautto, welding coordinator, Maintpartner Finland
tel. +358 (0)40 761 6493, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Kari Aalto, President, Project, Installation & Engineering Services, Finland
tel. +348 (0)40 566 2127, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Maintpartner is a leading industrial operation and maintenance company in Northern Europe and the leading expert of the energy sector O&M in the Nordics. We help to improve the productivity of production facilities and minimise process disruptions. In addition, we offer flexible resources to many types of project, engineering and installation assignments. Digitalisation and our AI-based preventive solutions are becoming increasingly essential for industrial operation and maintenance.

Maintpartner Group employs approximately 1,800 people. Our net sales in 2017 amounted to some EUR 167 million. The Group has offices in Finland, Sweden, Poland and Estonia. More information at www.maintpartner.com.

Improved dam safety for Karlskoga Vattenkraft with flood gates delivered by Maintpartner

A dam failure can have serious consequences for society. High water flows can endanger people and destroy important functions such as roads, electricity, telecommunications and water systems. It is also anticipated changes in the climate with more precipitation and higher water flows as a consequence, which requires that the high water flow is handled safely.

At hydropower plants, water flow is optimised using flood gates that occasionally need to be rebuilt or repaired to ensure good dam safety. A major renovation project may take several years - planning, environmental assessment, permit procedures and the renovation work take time.

 

Karlskoga dammarbete Maintpartner 2018 web

The latest major project involving Maintpartner took place in Karlskoga, Sweden where the local energy company Karlskoga Vattenkraft carried out measures to improve the safety of the Skärjen and Herrhult dams. The dams were fitted with new flood gates in stainless steel and a whole new concrete dam was built. The completed renovation work provides better opportunities for regulating the flow of water and means that the dam has now been secured for a long time to come.

The work was started in November 2015 and completed at the end of 2017. Maintpartner was responsible for the mechanical and electrical installations. The work included dismantling of the old flood gates, manufacture and installation of new ones as well as related transports. Maintpartner’s delivery also included complete electrical and control equipment for the flood gates.

Karlskoga Vattenkraft expressed their satisfaction with the project.

“Maintpartner was one of the entrepreneurs in the project and delivered all ordered equipment in line with the agreed timetable. The atmosphere was good and the contacts required for a successful project functioned extremely well”, says Anders Johansson from Karlskoga Vattenkraft.

Maintpartner has manufactured flood gates of various materials for over ten years in Degerfors.

“We have a wide expertise in this area. We manufacture and repair flood gates made of different materials, such as stainless steel, duplex stainless steel and black steel. The advantage of, for example, duplex stainless steel is that the structure is lighter without the safety being affected”, says Mikael Hultgren, Service Manager at Maintpartner in Sweden.

 

Further information:

Mikael Hultgren, Service Manager, Maintpartner AB, Sweden
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., +46 (0)70-323 13 41

 

 

Maintpartner is a leading industrial operation and maintenance company in Northern Europe and the leading actor in the energy sector in the Nordic countries. We help our customers improve the productivity of their production facilities and minimize process disruptions. In addition to long-term operation and maintenance agreements we offer development, installation and engineering services. Our digital solutions represent the best-in-class development in the field.

Maintpartner Group employs approximately 1,800 people. Our net sales in 2017 amounted to some EUR 167 million. The Group has offices in Finland, Sweden, Poland and Estonia. More information at www.maintpartner.com.

 

 

 

 

Maintpartner joins FinDHC, the Finnish District Heating and Cooling Association

Since its foundation, Maintpartner has been responsible for the maintenance of several power plants, and is now also taking care of operating the plants and district heating networks. Therefore, it was natural for the company to join FinDHC, the co-operative body of the district heating sector, which aims to improve the general awareness of district heating and its significance in Finland.

"We want to join in to develop the industry with our decades of experience," explains Timo Partanen, President (act.) of Maintpartner's energy business. "It is important for us to safeguard the position of district heat and its development as an environmentally friendly heating form. I believe that acting in an association will also help us to serve our customers even better. "

FinDHC evolves cooperation between its members - district heating producers, service providers, equipment manufacturers and private individuals. The association distributes fact-based information on district heating, monitors the technical and economic development of the district heating sector and legislation and, if necessary, submits presentations and statements.

Maintpartner’s Artificial Intelligence to start monitor Sandvik’s production in Sandviken, Sweden

Sandvik Materials Technology and Maintpartner have entered into agreement to implement MP INtelligence®, an AI based predictive analytics system to Sandvik’s hot rolling mill in Sandviken, Sweden. The fast implementation is already on-going.

MP INtelligence is a system that warns of emerging failures and process disturbances long before any other systems react. It will secure Sandvik’s production and in its part ensure the high quality of the end-products. It will also guide the operators to optimize the plant operations and processes.

“MP INtelligence helps to avoid production stoppages and downtime due to unexpected breakdowns which might cost millions of euros. This agreement strengthens our position in metal industry, whilst the analytics already has a steady position in other industries such as energy, chemicals and pharmaceuticals,” says Otto Tarkiainen, President of Maintpartner’s Productivity and Digital Solutions Unit.

Sandvik Materials Technology is a leading developer and manufacturer of advanced stainless steels, powder-based alloys and special alloys for the most demanding industries. Its Sandviken steel mill manufactures hot rolled steel products with the annual capacity of 250K tons.

The agreement is valid for the time being, and its value is not disclosed.

 

Further information

Manu Skyttä, VP, MP INtelligence, Maintpartner
Tel. +358 (0)400 999 822, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Otto Tarkiainen, President, Productivity and Digital Solutions, Maintpartner
Tel. +358 (0)40 176 3112, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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Maintpartner is a leading industrial operation and maintenance company in Northern Europe and the leading actor in the energy sector in the Nordic countries. We help our customers improve the productivity of their production facilities and minimize process disruptions. In addition to long-term operation and maintenance agreements we offer development, installation and engineering services. Our digital solutions represent the best-in-class development in the field.

Maintpartner Group employs approximately 1,900 people. Our net sales in 2016 amounted to some EUR 160 million. The Group has offices in Finland, Sweden, Poland and Estonia.

President of Maintpartner’s project, installation and engineering services in Finland will change in June

Kari Aalto, M. Sc., has been appointed President of Maintpartner’s project, installation and engineering business in Finland starting 11 June. He will transfer to Maintpartner from Pöyry where he serves as Vice President, Construction & Project Management of the Industry Business Group. Before that he has worked, for example, at Pöyry as the Regional Director of local industrial services in Southern Finland.

In this connection, the current Business Line President Markku Leinonen will leave the company. As of 1 May and until Kari takes over, Mika Riekkola, Managing Director of Maintpartner Oy and Maintpartner Expert Services Oy, is the acting President of the Business Line.

"Markku has done a good job in developing the project, installation and engineering services, and I want to thank him for his contribution to the business unification," says Pasi Tolppanen, CEO of Maintpartner Group. "I have known Kari Aalto, the new leader, for a long time; he has a strong background in industry and project management, which will certainly be reflected positively on the further development of the business," Tolppanen continues.

Maintpartner's project, installation and engineering services offer a wide range of expertise to complement daily maintenance of plants in a flexible way. It employs some 410 people in Finland.

Further information:

Pasi Tolppanen, CEO, Maintpartner Group Oy
Tel. +358 40 541 6656 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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Maintpartner is a leading industrial operation and maintenance company in Northern Europe and the leading actor in the energy sector in the Nordic countries. We help our customers improve the productivity of their production facilities and minimize process disruptions. In addition to long-term operation and maintenance agreements we offer development, installation and engineering services. Our digital solutions represent the best-in-class development in the field.

Maintpartner Group employs approximately 1,900 people. Our net sales in 2016 amounted to some EUR 160 million. The Group has offices in Finland, Sweden, Poland and Estonia. More information at www.maintpartner.com.