In my role as a consultant, one comment I often receive never ceases to surprise me. Yet, it comes up no matter what type of organization we diagnose: "I don't have time to do the work associated with my job title".
A pulp and paper production company recently found itself in a difficult situation when its 14-inch flowmeter for a critical pulp flow application malfunctioned, causing production to run blindly and potentially disrupting all production.
In today's economy, expectations for plants are becoming increasingly high: improve process performance with fewer people, increase reliability with a reduced maintenance budget, and maintain quality despite changing conditions.
With intense competition from overseas, growing concerns for the environment and thinning margins, the current skilled labour shortage only intensifies a growing list of challenges faced by the Pulp and Paper industry.