Reliable Operation

Knowing your machines are running

Trouble-free process line operation means everything to mill managers. You have enough to think about without having to worry if your paper machines are going to run as planned. To achieve reliable performance of their equipment, papermakers must first have the right machines in place to do the job. Then comes the challenge of eliminating bottlenecks and inefficiencies, followed by the procedures and qualified resources standing by in case of unplanned downtime. Indeed, it is no easy task ensuring the reliable operation of your facility.

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Greater efficiency thanks to on-site problem-solvers in Jacksonville, US

  • Saving costs
  • Minimizing downtimes
  • Quick problem solving

Quick, competent and personal – with experience, the latest technology and a trained eye for the lowest tolerances, Voith's team of mobile service engineers minimizes shutdown times and ensures that the paper production process can run smoothly. Their know-how and experience are important factors in increasing system efficiency.

Tim Nevius is driving to Jacksonville this morning. As a service engineer for Voith's OnCall Mobile Service he carries out inspections and maintenance and repair work on paper machines within a 250-mile radius. The two most important factors for his work: Experience and a high tech utility van with the latest special equipment as well as the most important parts.

“We provide the excellent service that customers always want to have."
Tim Nevius, Voith service engineer
The search for optimization options is an
important part of Tim Nevius' job.

Under the hood of a shut-down system Nevius stands on a steel step and inspects the heads of a DuoCleaner. Most Voith machines are calibrated to exact specifications. "Thanks to my years of experience I have developed a good eye for these tiny tolerances," he says.

Nevius repairs a leaky pump that regulates pressure. An external firm doing maintenance had used hoses made from a material that can corrode. In turn, this caused leaks – a safety risk for the system as well as the employees: “A leak in a pump cabinet at a pressure of 300 bar can have the effect of a waterjet cutter," outlines Nevius.

While walking through the factory he explains how the systems are checked and setup and employees get the chance to learn something from him in passing. The plant manager is certain that service engineers like Nevius help to minimize production shut-downs. He says additional downtimes would be needed to get basic know-how about the machines; and that the Voith technicians can work faster. “We need people with expertise who come to our factory to take care of repairs," he said.

Essential for Tim Nevius' work: the high tech utility van with the
latest special equipment for a service engineer.

In the afternoon, while the paper web runs through the system at a speed of 670 m per minute, Nevius walks alongside one of the machines and shines a flashlight under the hood. Part of his job is to identify areas that can be optimized. With the help of a 3D scanner located in the transporter, which creates large and detailed illustrations of machinery and equipment, Nevius also solves problems for products from third-party manufacturers.

Nevius' job covers many different specialty areas – technology, sales, personal customer relationships, training and maintenance. And all play an equal part in his day-to-day work: “We provide the excellent service that customers always want to have."

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