Proactive Approach to Shutdowns Reduces Potlatch Maintenance Costs

by Dave Krings

Potlatch Cloquet’s low-cost maintenance shutdown management techniques focusing on type, quality, and timing of work contribute to an 83% drop in maintenance cost per ton.

Effective shutdown management is critical to the operation of mills, for without well-planned and executed shutdowns, equipment reliability suffers, and the mill pays the price in poor quality and lost production. Becoming proficient at managing shutdowns is a way to reduce overall downtime costs so that shutdowns themselves do not consume the savings they are capable of generating. Continue reading →