David Bohn, Preferred Utilities Manufacturing Crop., Power Engineering
Given today's skilled workforce shortage, figuring out how to get the most productivity from the fewest workers has become one of a power sector’s top challenges. How can a plant stay on top of its output requirements when finding and retaining qualified workers is so difficult?
With spare man-hours being a luxury few can afford, two questions are at the top of most plant managers' minds:
1. How can we avoid downtime?
2. Are we maximizing our workers' time and capability?
Following are stories of two facilities that found the expertise they needed to address those issues with innovative, "outside-the-box" solutions.
Keeping downtime at bay
Downtime has always been a costly and inconvenient burden, and finding the resources to make up for time lost to equipment failure can be nearly impossible. A well-known North American tissue manufacturer found itself with old boiler equipment that was not up to the job and needed to be replaced—but they had to find a solution that wouldn't cause downtime, which they simply could not afford.