Valmet Mobile Maintenance (VMM) is a mobile application for iOS and Android that is designed to make life easier for maintenance staff and production operators in their day-to-day operations. It allows users to create fault notifications and review work orders directly in the field. It improves work efficiency and communications and creates smoother workflows.
Text Martin Ridne
The idea behind the Valmet Mobile Maintenance application is to give maintenance and production operators a better workflow in their day-to-day activities, and management a better overview and control. Without a good workflow and the correct tools, it is very easy for the workday to disappear in tasks that are unrelated to the actual work.
We noticed maintenance operators spent a lot of time in front of the computer in overly complicated systems, making fault notifications from their own notes on paper. Their time was drained by tedious tasks and just going back and forth between the control roomsTimo Harjunpää, Director, Maintenance Development and Outsourcing Services at Valmet.
“However, staffs working in the mill have a mobile phone in their pockets all the time. So, it seemed natural to create a mobile application that let them make fault notifications in real time. Previously, attaching photos to highlight issues was complicated because the system was not designed for it,” said Hemmo Lahtinen, Reliability Manager, Services at Valmet.
The VMM application helps maintenance staffs save time because they can report issues directly as they discover them and review work orders in the field – the information is immediately available for everyone.
Simple yet effective
A common problem with many digital maintenance tools is that they are too complex, overwhelming the user with a complicated interface.
With the VMM application, we have deliberately limited the functionality to meet the requirements of day-to-day operations. The interface is intuitive and easy to use, and it makes the workflow more efficient. Users hardly need any trainingHemmo Lahtinen, Reliability Manager, Services at Valmet
Everything operators might need in their day-to-day activities is available in the VMM application. Users can review and update work orders, write comments and add pictures to highlight problems, assign operators, confirm work order completion, log hours and much more.
Improved efficiency and reduced costs
The VMM application replaces the need for pen and paper, dramatically improving efficiency and minimizing the risk of lost or incorrect work orders.
“When things are written down on paper, you always run the risk of losing information. It is also quite inefficient. Staffs run back and forth between the computers and the plant floor to make fault notifications. And there is no way of checking if an issue has already been reported. It is not uncommon to have several fault notifications for the same issue in the systems,” said Lahtinen.
With the VMM application, everyone can see if an issue has been reported. Equipment can be easily identified using Near Field Communication (NFC) or QR codes, and fault notifications are readily available for everyone as soon as they are made. This enables a better overview and control of the maintenance operation, eliminating unnecessary work for everyone involved.
Quick, easy and safe to implement
The VMM application uses the same Valmet Cloud platform as all Valmet Industrial Internet applications, which makes it easy and effortless to implement in the SAP system.
“This is a turnkey solution for our customers, so there is no need for further development at the customer end. Valmet can simply integrate the VMM application with their SAP system. Once it is implemented, we train and support the key users. And if any questions arise, we have a dedicated support team standing by,” said Lahtinen.
“We can actually do the implementation process completely remotely. We have an installation package and can set it up. It is really quick and efficient,” said Harjunpää.
The VMM application can be used on both Wi-Fi and mobile data networks. Only relevant data is transferred. The technical solution meets industrial cybersecurity standards, follows best practices and guidelines, and has been audited by an external accredited cybersecurity service provider.
“What we are building here is a maintenance platform with advanced solutions that brings sophisticated and intelligent tools for a better work environment,” Harjunpää said.