Orkla House Care in Bankeryd manufactures brushes and rollers with high quality, both used by professionals and “do-it-yourselfers”. The products are know under several different retail names, depending on the market; Anza (Sweden), Jordan (Norway), Spekter (Denmark) and Hamilton (UK). 140 employees out of the total of 250, works at the factory in Bankeryd. The production started in 1946.
Anza is owned by Orkla since 2012, and is since a part of Orkla House Care AB. Due to the changed owners, there were new demands for the maintenance department. In January 2016, the maintenance manager Stefan Svensson was employed to structure the whole maintenance department. He almost started from scratch and after six months the department were up to full capacity, showing good result.
Invite all suppliers
There are four people in the maintenance department, including two longtimers with extensive experience and detailed knowledge of the facility. Stefan has also two persons from the external supplier CM El. To ensure a smooth working process, they all work in MaintMaster:
“Our colleagues from CM El works with us on a full time basis. Their work is not only related to maintenance, they also help other parts of the plant with electrical installations etc. Thanks to the access to MaintMaster they can plan their own time as everything is entered into the maintenance system. And they can also report directly in the system which saves time for us all.”
The advantages of letting a supplier work directly in the maintenance system are many. But above all it is the overview of time reporting and the consumption of spare parts that provides Stefan with a clear picture of the costs. CM EL’s office has also recognized the benefits of a single system and they now add forecasts for purchases with a far greater accuracy than previously. Stefan continues:
“By entering the number of the work order directly on the invoice makes it possible to easily monitor the jobs that has been completed, and to match it against our own records.”
Focus on structured spareparts management
Order and structure are key issues for well functioning maintenance. One of the first things Stefan started with was to organize the work shop for the maintenance department. Removing unecessary stuff, replacing items, etc. The results are given in the images below. One of the biggest challenges now is to manage and bring the same order to their stockroom:
“When I started working here, we didn’t have any documentation regarding spare parts. We didn’t know what we had in stock, nor the parts with highest consumption. The initial step was to make an inventory, and to categorize all spare parts. Once finished we will add our suppliers item numbers, so that it’s easy to search, find a match and create an order.”
Having the ability to organize a maintenance department from scratch is a dream for many.
“We came a long way in just six months, but are still facing a lot of challenges. One of the contributing factors to such good progress in such a short space of time, is the confidence and support I get from our management. It helps tremendously,”
Read more about Orka House Care here.