Maintpartner receives Valmet’s safety prize in Finland

The safety function of Valmet Board and Paper Machines awarded Maintpartner with a safety prize at its HSE Day for partners in September. Maintpartner manages the maintenance of Valmet's board and paper mill and foundry in Jyväskylä, Finland.

The award criterion for the annual prize was the exceptionally good attitude in the teams as regards occupational safety.
"Maintpartner works proactively in challenging working conditions, actively raising security considerations, investing in the training and development of their staff. Determined and long-term work to improve safety is shown as good safety management in the daily work," thanked Mika Peltola from Valmet's risk and safety management.

"Our local team managers, together with their teams and Valmet staff, have actively promoted safety work at the facilities in Jyväskylä for many years," says Arto Malkamäki, Service Manager for Maintpartner's contract management in Central and Eastern Finland. "We are very proud of this award."

Valmet has also previously thanked Maintpartner employees for the good occupational safety at Valmet’s plants. For example, by actively observing near miss situations, the number of accidents has been substantially reduced.

In Jyväskylä, Valmet manufactures board and paper machines exported to several parts of the world. Some thirty Maintpartner professionals work every day in the basic maintenance of the board and paper mill factory and foundry. In addition, the technicians and designers of Maintpartner support Valmet's projects as well as maintenance of process automation and electrical systems.

 

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In the picture, from left: Jyri Siivonen, HSE Specialist at Valmet; Sauli Aaltonen, Tuomo Kykkänen and Arto Malkamäki from Maintpartner; and from Valmet Virpi Piippanen, HSE Engineer and Mika Peltola, Manager, Risk and HSE.

 

Further information:
Arto Malkamäki, Service Manager for Contract Maintenance in Central and East Finland, +358 (0)50 465 1764, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Mika Riekkola, Managing Director, Maintpartner Oy, +358 (0)40 739 6607, 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.

 

Employees have a key role in the daily improvement of energy efficiency in industrial plants

Energy efficiency requirements in industry are increasing steadily. Industrial companies seek for further savings. Besides large studies and energy audits, there are several minor options for improvement, which may require reasonably small investments, but give back a lot.

- While the spirit often is that the easiest energy-saving measures have already been taken, the maintenance department may still come up with significant energy-saving ideas. For example, regular energy audits show the measures taken and actions coming up. In these measures we can be of assistance, says Energy Efficiency Expert Matti Yliknuussi from Maintpartner.

A maintenance program is drawn up for each Maintpartner contract site. It includes development proposals related to the production process, operating methods and facility maintenance. Energy efficiency can be one of the things to consider.

There are several places in the facilities for energy saving opportunities. The maintenance staff plays a key role in detecting them. A professional knows quickly how to adjust a part of the process to operate more efficiently. Small investments are often very profitable. For example, in the process industry the production lines consume a large part of the energy and their modernization is a cost-effective way to reduce their energy consumption – while extending the service life, improving capacity and upgrading the old equipment.

Energy can also be saved by replacing worn or outdated parts to smoothen the process. Less compressor power is needed when air pipes are fixed. There is an energy saving potential of dozens of percent in pumping processes when better device and control solutions are used. It is also advisable to optimize the lighting and heating of industrial property according to the use of the premises.

When planning investments in new equipment, Maintpartner can help evaluate whether it is more profitable to buy a new machine or to upgrade the current one to a more energy-efficient condition with small changes such as new components or better adjustments.

Maintpartner also audits its own activities

- The auditing and development of our own energy efficiency is also a guarantee to our customers that our operations are as comprehensive as possible, says Laura Kauppinen, who is responsible for the HSEQ issues of the Maintpartner Group.

The latest energy audit at Maintpartner was done at the Zabrze workshop in Poland, where the main recommendation was to switch to LED technology in lighting. Attention should also be paid to insulation, energy contract optimization and reactive power compensation.

 

Further information:
Matti Yliknuussi, Development Manager, Productivity and Digital Solutions, Maintpartner
Tel. +358 50 469 7774, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Laura Kauppinen, EVP, Corporate Administration, Maintpartner
Tel. +358 45 264 6686, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Read about our commitment to energy and environment: https://www.maintpartner.com/index.php/en/about-us/sustainability/health-safety-quality-and-environmental-policies

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.

 

 

Kemijoki Oy continues the O&M agreement with Maintpartner at the hydropower plants in Lieksa area, Finland

Kemijoki Oy and Maintpartner have renewed their agreement on maintenance and local operations for two of Kemijoki Oy's hydropower plants on the River Lieksanjoki, Finland. Maintpartner has thorough knowledge of the plants after taking care of their operation and maintenance since 2008.

The long-standing relationship has produced both strong basic know-how and new innovations in the development of maintenance. Maintpartner has, among other things, developed monitoring of plants by means of aerial and underwater photography.

“Maintpartner has proved to be a reliable and innovative partner in the operation and maintenance of our power plants. We look forward to a strong and evolving know-how that brings further added value to the maintenance, availability and safety of our power plants,” says Raimo Ojala, Power Plant Manager at Kemijoki Oy.

“We are delighted to continue our good cooperation with Kemijoki Oy,” says Heikki Iitti, head of the hydropower business at Maintpartner. “We can continue to focus on things that are important to the safety, availability and production efficiency of hydropower. The key components are competence development, efficient use of the maintenance system and its data, and utilisation of new operating models such as digitalisation.”

Maintpartner has decades of experience in hydropower, where business growth has strengthened the company's expertise and service offering significantly. Currently, the company is responsible for the operation and maintenance of about forty hydropower plants in Finland and Sweden. In addition to continuous maintenance, Maintpartner offers expert services for the refurbishment of hydropower plants and other special projects.

The value of the agreement will not be disclosed.

Further information:

Heikki Iitti, Service Manager, Hydropower, Maintpartner
tel. +358 (0)40 869 1090, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Vilho Salovaara, President, Energy, Maintpartner
tel. +358 (0)40 558 3010, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Read more about maintenance development at hydropower plants with help of aerial and underwater photography:
https://www.maintpartner.com/index.php/en/news/612-aerial-and-underwater-photography


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.

Maintpartner delivers machine learning based MP INtelligence® process analytics to Fortum’s waste-to-energy plant in Riihimäki, Finland

Fortum has chosen Maintpartner's MP INtelligence® service based on machine learning technologies to control the thermal treatment production processes at its Riihimäki plant. The MP INtelligence service helps Fortum to minimise production interruptions due to unexpected breakdowns and to optimise the entire thermal treatment process. It continuously learns about the operation of the plant to improve its understanding of what are the normal operation conditions to enable Fortum to react to issues proactively.

In addition to hazardous waste, the Riihimäki plant uses municipal waste as fuel and generates about 100 GWh of electricity and 500 GWh of district heat per year. The MP INtelligence® service in Riihimäki was introduced in February. The service includes the collection and processing of customer data in real time, data analysis and automated instructions and alarms generated for Fortum to avoid production disturbances.

"Fortum already has experience of using MP INtelligence from many power plants. We are delighted that they want to extend the use of the service to new production facilities," says Manu Skyttä, who is responsible for the MP INtelligence business at Maintpartner.

MP INtelligence® is part of Maintpartner’s digital solutions for improving productivity.

Further information from:

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

Jari Salminen, President, Productivity and Digital Solutions, Maintpartner
Tel. +358 440 127 575, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Read more about MP INtelligence here »

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.

 

Maintpartner updated its commitment to the world's largest corporate social responsibility initiative

Maintpartner has upgraded its commitment to the UN Global Compact initiative. Global Compact is the world's largest corporate responsibility initiative involving more than 9,500 companies. Maintpartner joined the initiative in 2016, committed to meeting the Global Compact's ten principles of responsible business operations in the area of human rights, labour, the environment and anti-corruption activities.

This year, there are new priorities in the Maintpartner report including the processing of personal data in accordance with the EU data protection legislation, stronger obligations for the subcontracting network, and the emphasis on preventive safety work.

At Maintpartner, proactive safety work has brought excellent results. Injuries and accidents at work have fallen significantly for years. Focus on occupational health has, in turn, improved the well-being of workers so that, for example, in Finland, the average retirement age has risen for four years above the industry average up to about sixty years of age.

As regards the environment, measures include increasing use of renewable diesel, energy-efficient lighting and heating, remote meetings and new digital solutions for internal communications, among other things. The Maintpartner operation and maintenance personnel also improve the environmental responsibility of the industrial and energy plants it manages with several small and large solutions that reduce the need for raw materials, energy and spare parts.

”Cooperation and joint commitments play a key role in building more just and more sustainable societies,” says EVP Development Laura Kauppinen from Maintpartner. "For us, Global Compact is a valuable standard against which we measure and develop our own business. On the other hand, it is a way of communicating important themes in international context. Our values and ethical principles are present in our lives and provide our employees, from technicians to senior management, the basis for our activities. We also consider sustainability to be vital for the fulfilment of our customer promise and for being a good company."

Further information:
Laura Kauppinen, EVP Development, Maintpartner Group, tel. +358 45 264 6686, 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. Our digital solutions for industrial operation and maintenance represent the state-of-the-art development in the industry.

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.

 

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.