Can Your Mill Produce the Right Results?

Can Your Mill Produce the Right Results?

Christer Idhammar, IDCON INC.

This is a summary of a part of a presentation by Christer Idhammar, president of IDCON, INC. Raleigh NC, during the 15th annual Pulp & Paper Reliability and Maintenance Conference and Exhibit in Atlanta 5-8 November 2001.


“80% of our clients report an attrition rate among their crafts people of 40-60% in the next five to seven years”. “Only 10 % of these clients have a good apprentice program or plans for retaining skills” This is perhaps one of the biggest challenges that lie in front of the industry. Not only is there an increasingly lack in availability of skilled crafts people, most of them also work in a very poorly organized manner as a consequence of poor planning and scheduling (management) practices. Efficiencies among crafts people can often improve by 40% if execution of improved planning and scheduling practices are implemented. There is nothing new in this fact, but even today very few mills excel in this area. On a scale of 0-100, the average of 12 mills recently evaluated on how well they execute Planning and Scheduling practices is 44!    

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