July 18, 2018

19/07/2018: Solving maintenance problems

Bühler has just recently installed its 100th ProPlant system at Harinas de Mallorca S.A. in Palma de Mallorca. The customer is thrilled with ProPlant.

Up until just a few months ago, the maintenance work at the Harinas de Mallorca plant on Cami San Carles in Palma de Mallorca, the capital of the Balearic island, was done according to specifications in the index card file. Maintenance of the plant itself took place according to the ‘break-down maintenance’ principle.

In other words, parts hat to break first before they were replaced by the operations in-house mechanic.

Looking back, CEO Guillermo Munar says, “We were able to squeeze the last bit of use from some of the parts. But we also had to accept collateral damage and long, and often unscheduled, downtimes.” In retrospect, Mr Munar believes it was a generally unsatisfactory situation.

New time calculation
Bühler set up a modern, 3,150 tonne silo and filling plant for a variety of wheat flour types in 2016. After commissioning the plant, maintenance was done according to the ‘break-down’ principle. But management was aware of the risks they were taking by doing so and that the upkeep of a new plant following the ‘break-down’ principle of maintenance was not sustainable.

“The controls of our new plant happened using the Bühler WinCos system,” Mr Munar revealed. “The installation of WinCos was our opportunity to expand the entire maintenance and upkeep of our plant with Bühler’s ProPlant system. A new period of time calculation thus began at Harinas de Mallorca in terms of maintenance.”

Before the new servicing software could be bought, the executive board needed to be won over. Guillermo Munar, “We were able to demonstrate that ProPlant is used daily, would be of great assistance in terms of maintenance planning for the plant, and would also help us save costs. We were able to convince the company management with these arguments.”

Ready for use
The ProPlant system installed at Harinas de Mallorca was set up ready-to-operate at Bühler’s headquarters in Switzerland. All relevant data, jobs, replacement part lists, and the operating manuals for all plant components at Harinas de Mallorca were loaded onto the mini server (ProPlant Cube) by Bühler specialists and then the software was programmed according to specifications by the Harinas management.

ProPlant was ready for installation and commissioning. On site at the Harinas plant on Mallorca, it took just a couple of hours because everything had already been set up. By summer 2017, after intensive employee training, the system was ready to handle planning of all maintenance tasks at Harinas de Mallorca.

Read the full article, HERE.

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