Automotive Components Floby Ab, also known as AC Floby, manufactures products for the automotive industry. Brake discs, connecting rods and wheel hubs, with small and strict tolerances, are produced in the factory. Apart from the production, there’s also a development department working on creating new products in alternative materials, to help reduce emissions.
AC Floby operates in an industry with a high degree of automation. To avoid disruptions and downtime, maintenance is an important part of the operation. Their maintenance department is divided into 4 different teams, something that Erik Arnesson believes is one of the factors behind their success.
- Service team – works with restoration and preventive maintenance
- Reliability team – works with strategic maintenance, analysis and improvements. They also work with maintenance questions in projects, for example, when purchasing new equipment
- Maintenance support – lubrication, toolmakers
- Storage – works with all questions related to storage, system support and processes
A project in 11 weeks
Erik Arnesson, Peter Skoog and Henrik Thuné have all worked at AC Floby for many years, and they played a large role in the implementation of MaintMaster maintenance software. A project that included around 11,000 objects, 22,000 spare parts/items, creating 50,000 relationships between objects and spare parts, inviting 450 persons and importing 40,000 historical work orders from their previous maintenance system. That it only took 11 weeks was beyond their wildest expectations.– We’ve done most if it by ourselves, the project manager, Mikael Andersson, from MaintMaster was here for one day, to discuss the EN 13306 maintenance standard. This was good, because he questioned and challenged our way of thinking. We realized the importance of keeping things simple at the beginning, Peter Skoog says.
Committed maintenance technichians
There’s a huge commitment to MaintMaster maintenance software among the maintenance technicians and, when needed, they happily create their own selections (list of information).– We have created and changed a lot in MaintMaster, but everything we do is based on a need. That’s important, so we don’t lose our order in MaintMaster,” Henrik Thuné says.
Reporting a problem
When a problem appears, the operators call the service department, which registers a fault report in MaintMaster. The person receiving the call checks if there are any similar, or other jobs, reported for the machine. He or she also checks availability among the technicians in order to notify a technician directly or not. Once a technician has completed a job, he or she reports it in MaintMaster. To make a correct report, they need to explain the error, the cause, and the actions taken. Uncompleted reports are sent to a separate list for control/feedback.
Every day, there’s a morning meeting where a big screen is used to present MaintMaster.
There, among other things, they check if there is any backlog of jobs from the previous shift, if there are any incomplete reports and the prioritized machines.
– We always try to maintain a dialog with the production, and every Monday we have a planning meeting with them. We have built up a high level of trust for the maintenance department, and, thanks to the continuous dialog with the production, there’s always a relatively high understanding for preventive maintenance, Erik Arnesson says.
AC Floby’s key values Courageous, Committed, Knowledgeable and Proud, words that are a good fit when describing Erik, Peter and Henrik. It’s also the feeling you get when you pay a visit.
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