Forchem Oyj distils tall oil to produce rosins and fatty acids that are used, inter alia, for production of paints and adhesives.
When Forchem’s old maintenance and documentation management data system had reached the end of its life cycle, it was time to think about what a new system should offer.
‘We did not use the previous maintenance program for documenting and therefore, finding information was from time to time quite arduous. We studied carefully various available options and finally ended up with the ALMA system. This satisfied all our needs,’ says Jaana Valtanen, Forchem project manager.
According to Valtanen, the team from Alma had a good grasp of what Forchem actually needed from the very beginning. Their expertise was evident from how quickly the Alma team were able to tackle the company’s practical problems and challenges.
The new system provides links between different functions. Once added or updated, the data are available to everyone right away. The old system could not handle this, which caused a lot of problems as well as unnecessary work.
‘The old system provided electronic automation only at the equipment level, but now – thanks to the linking and productisation option – it has been integrated comprehensively into the system. Moreover, documents are now easy to find and can be conveniently updated,’ the project manager admits.
Altogether the new data system has over 20 users. 15 of them are from the production unit, and six more work in the maintenance, which is outsourced.