What is the future direction of industrial maintenance – views of over 300 decision makers

Ensuring the continuity of production is the most essential task of maintenance both in industry and the energy sector, revealed an independent study conducted by PwC for Maintpartner in Finland, Sweden and Poland.

The next important targets are creating a safe working environment and maximizing the life span of machines. In contrast, relatively small focus was placed on increased productivity and optimised production costs. Slight differences can be seen between the countries.

To outsource or not? Big differences between the countries and sectors

According to the survey, buying external services will increase or at least remain at the same level. Demand for project services in modernisation of facilities is growing, for example.

Of the reviewed countries, Finland has the greatest potential for outsourcing of operation or maintenance activities. Finland has a long-standing experience of outsourcing whereas in Poland the big global enterprises set an example but the local companies operate more traditionally.

The energy sector has long been ahead of others in using external partners. The manufacturing industry takes care of maintenance mostly by themselves and the process industry lies between these two. The strength in using external partners is having the opportunity to exploit the special competence of the partner. Important criteria when selecting a partner are the service level and the expertise in maintenance and safety. Sectoral expertise was considered very important in Sweden and especially in Poland.

Even though most of the actors want to keep maintenance development as a separate function, they hope proposals from their partners on improvement of, for example, machine replacements and development of operations in addition to daily maintenance. Also commitment as well as permanence and stability are expected of the partners.

Sweden a trendsetter in digital solutions, slower development in Poland

Digital solutions aim at efficiency, predictability and reliability. In average, the readiness for the introduction of digital solutions increases as the company size grows. According to the study, Sweden is more active in this regard: the most advanced predictive analytical systems in maintenance are being used or are about to be introduced somewhat more frequently in Sweden than in Finland.

For real-time condition monitoring and analytics as well as storage and visualisation of data, Finland and Sweden are fairly even. Poland is only at the beginning of digitalisation applying mainly simple solutions for data storage and visualisation.

Many of those who postpone introduction of digital solutions feel that old methods are still working well enough, or a suitable system has not been found. The availability of data and cyber security are also a cause for concern - the latter particularly in the energy sector that is important for the society and the most advanced sector in digital matters.

Maintpartner has the most satisfied customers

When comparing customers of various operation and maintenance companies, the outsourcing level is clearly highest among Maintpartner’s customers.

In Finland, Maintpartner scored the highest points of all the operators in the industry. The most satisfied customers were the major undertakings in the process industry in Finland. The study shows that Maintpartner has the best sectoral and maintenance expertise.

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The survey was conducted in August-September 2018 to support Maintpartner in its strategy process. The survey was answered by 330 decision-makers in industry and the energy sector in Finland (62% of respondents), Sweden (26%) and Poland (12%). Respondents represented company management and managerial level in production and maintenance. 20% of them were customers of Maintpartner and 45% of another operator.

Further information:

Pasi Tolppanen, CEO, Maintpartner Group Oy
Tel. +358 (0)40 541 6656, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Mika Riekkola, Managing Director, Maintpartner Oy
Tel. +359 (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.

 

Maintpartner participated in the Trade Fair in Cracow, Poland

Maintpartner was one of 200 exhibitors at the Maintenance Fair which took place on 10/11th of October 2018 in Cracow, Poland.

At the fair, Maintpartner presented its solutions in the area of production efficiency and cost optimization to a large number of maintenance professionals and representatives of various industries. At the Maintpartner stand, the visitors had the opportunity to get acquainted with the machine learning based process analytics MP Intelligence and MP Flow, the field workforce management system, both of which are developed by Maintpartner.

Also the specialized consulting services in the field of research and development were presented, such as audits describing the current state and operational advancement in the maintenance departments. As a result of the analyzes, customers are presented with projects and recommendations regarding the most optimal strategy and tools needed for the implementation. Maintpartner also supports the operational implementation of the project itself, depending on the needs and capabilities of the clients.

To find out more about our services in Poland, please visit our web site or contact our local representatives,

Further information:
Piotr Sokalla, Technical and Development Director, Maintpartner Poland, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., +48 603603765

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.