Author Archives: Robin Kent

Driving lesson for reliability

If you’ve been in the industry since the late 80s or early 90s, you may be familiar with the image in this video. In order to have reliable production your mill manager, operations manager and maintenance manager need to work together to see the whole picture. Christer Idhammar, IDCON company founder and reliability and maintenance management expert, takes you through ...

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What’s Operations role for reliability?

A trinity partnership between Operations – Maintenance – Engineering is needed for reliable production. The question that needs to be broached is “What exactly does Maintenance need Operations to do?” In this video, Tor Idhammar, President of IDCON INC defines some of the common things that maintenance needs operations to do.

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What is Good Overall Production Efficiency?

Have three minutes? In this short video, Christer Idhammar gives examples from different industries on good OPE numbers and how this relates to the size of the equipment.

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There is NO valid excuse for not doing scheduled Preventive Maintenance inspections

By Owe Forsberg, Vice President and Senior Consultant , IDCON INC a reliability and maintenance management consulting firm Preventive Maintenance inspections, in particular Condition Monitoring, is executed to detect problems early. The compelling reasons for detecting problems early is to minimize the cost of the repairs and to reduce or manage the risks involved in making those repairs.  Minimizing costs ...

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The Benefits Of Running A Mobile Maintenance Workforce

One of the big challenges of selling maintenance software is convincing people that it can be adopted quickly. This is why every CMMS provider flaunts how their solution is “easy to use”. If you dig a little deeper, the real problem lies in the change of mindset. Many organizations have a long-standing relationship with reactive maintenance and many older technicians ...

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Is your mill stranded on an Happy Island of Reliability

by Christer Idhammar, IDCON INC Founder, Reliability and Maintenance Guru and author. IDCON is a Reliability and Maintenance Management Consulting firm helping mills improve overall productivity through better work processes. If you measure reliability by department, electrical, mechanical, process control etc. You may each have a reliability of 97-99%, and everybody is very happy on their island. But if you ...

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What NOT to Do as a Maintenance Planner

by Torbjörn Idhammar Every organization needs to provide planners with a clear job description. That description may differ among companies due to the size of the organization. Some companies combine the roles of planner and supervisor. Others have dedicated planners for shutdowns/turnarounds. Many have staff members with the title of “planner” who do not do any actual planning. So, how ...

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Improving Reliability of Circuit Breakers by Predictive Maintenance

Circuit breakers are an integral part of the electrical systems and their application differs with respect to the scenario. They are also used for planned electrical isolation of a system or equipment. By definition, “circuit breakers are protective construction electrical products that operate automatically”. Certain fault conditions can actuate a circuit breaker resulting in a discontinuation of power supply to ...

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