IDCON Equipment Reliability and Maintenance Management Consultants
IDCON are reliability and maintenance consultants for the manufacturing industries. We educate, train, support implementation and provide consulting services for our clients in order to improve overall production reliability and lower manufacturing and maintenance costs.
IDCON’s reliability and maintenance consultant services include maintenance audits, maintenance planning and scheduling, root cause analysis, preventive maintenance, spare parts management, technical data management, leadership in maintenance management and more.
While the traditional maintenance consultant approach focuses almost exclusively on equipment, our philosophy emphasizes achieving results through people. IDCON works with your team to create the sustained levels of awareness and buy-in required to produce the processes, action and change that will transform your company’s organization and garner bottom-line results.
IDCON has defined what we call “Current Best Practices” (CBP) in reliability and maintenance management. The CBP defines best practices for reliability and maintenance management in around 300 elements. We use these elements as a benchmark when we perform a maintenance audit for your organization.
The maintenance audit CBP is used by many corporations such as Smurfit-Stone, Tembec, Fonterra, International Paper, Whirlpool, Kaiser Aluminum, BOC, Stora Enso, Hewlett Packard and many others.
MAINTENANCE PLANNING AND SCHEDULING
Maintenance planning and scheduling is one of the key work processes in reliability and maintenance management. We work with your organization to enhance both maintenance planning, and scheduling of maintenance work. Support may include classroom training, on-the-job training, and advice in approach and strategy.
PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE AND ROOT CAUSE ANALYSIS
Root Cause Analysis (RCA) and Preventive Maintenance (PM) are closely related work processes. IDCON can educate and train your organization in setting up and documenting the preventive maintenance process. We will also support you in training for inspection techniques and other preventive maintenance tasks. Currently, there is significant interest in our customized training in equipment components and inspection techniques for operators.
Root cause analysis for the frontline often complements the preventive maintenance approach since PM identifies problems that have to be solved. Our root cause analysis consulting and training helps your organization structure problem solving using very simple tools.
SPARE PARTS MANAGEMENT AND TECHNICAL DATA
Organizing spare parts and technical data is critical to enable efficient maintenance planning and scheduling. We offer training in management of spare parts with regards to reliability and organization and management of the spare parts storeroom.
LEADERSHIP AND ORGANIZATION
All efforts depend on strong leadership. We help maintenance leaders to develop systems procedures and documentation to establish a leadership process. In order to create leadership around any work process there have to be documented expectations, execution of the expectations and follow up through measurements (key performance indicators).
Products and Services
Maintenance Assessment and Audits
Knowing how effective your organisation is in reliability and maintenance helps to focus your energies on the right things at the right time. The first step is often assessing or auditing current practices to determine where gaps exist.
Maintenance Planning and Scheduling Training and Implementation
Maintenance planning and scheduling of work orders is the hub of a well functioning maintenance organisation. For maintenance planning and scheduling to function well other systems such as preventive maintenance, stores, work order history and backlog management must also work well.
Materials and Spare Parts Management Training and Implementation
Improving how clients manage the spare parts and materials in organisation provides huge benefits in the reduction of maintenance costs, time and parts inventory.
Preventive Maintenance and Condition Monitoring Training and Implementation
Preventive maintenance directly impacts equipment reliability. IDCON’s preventive maintenance (PM) training supports implementation of a PM programme that enables plants to both prevent and find equipment failures.
Root Cause Failure Analysis Training and Implementation
IDCON believes that root cause analysis doesn’t adequately describe the results that you want. The company has named its process Root Cause Problem Elimination™ because the ultimate outcome is to actually eliminate the problem.
Pre-Operational Checklists Reinvented
When was the last time we boarded an airplane and thought about what occurs in the cockpit?
Pre-Operational Checklists Reinvented: Data-Driven Reliability
Pre-operational checklists tend to be 'pencil-whipped', ignored or sloppily done, with (of course) the rare exception that is actually completed accurately and with useful notes.
Reliability and Maintenance Training Open Courses 2018
IDCON coaches and trains its clients in reliability and maintenance to positively impact production reliability and lower overall cost.
IDCON South Carolina Paper Mill Case Study
In 2014, the South Carolina, US, paper mill had a directive to improve its production output through maintenance uptime while keeping the fixed cost the same.
Is Your Maintenance Organisation Cost-Effective?
IDCON's new whitepaper asks the following questions of your maintenance organisation:
Do you know how good you are?
Do you know how good you could become?
Do you have a plan to close the gap between how good you are and how good you could become?
IDCON Best Practice Seminars 2017
IDCON has helped virtually every type of manufacturing and processing industry organisation maximise profits by improving reliability and maintenance practices.
IDCON Best Practice Seminars
IDCON has helped virtually every type or manufacturing and processing industry organisation maximise profits by improving reliability and maintenance practices.
IDCON will be delivering workshops, presentations and exhibitions at industry events that aim to support reliability and maintenance professionals.Read more
IDCON will be running several best practice seminars between October and November, in Raleigh, North Carolina, US.Read more
Christer Idhammar, Founder and CEO of IDCON INC headquartered in Raleigh NC, will be featured at the Society of Maintenance and Reliability Professionals (SMRP) two day Symposium June 7-8, 2017 in Atlanta, GA.Read more
The IDCON course is running from 1-2 September 2016 in Raliegh, NC.Read more
IDCON has announced that the company has been accepted for the SMRP Approved Provider Education Program from July 2015 to June 2016.Read more
IDCON president Torbjörn Idhammar recently returned from Sweden where he met with various clients and potential consulting partners.Read more
To achieve results-orientated reliability and maintenance, plants must realise that production is a partnership between operations, maintenance, stores and engineering.Read more
In this new series of articles, IDCON president Tor Idhammar will give an insight into some of the most common leadership issues in plants and mills today.Read more
IDCON is seeking a senior maintenance management consultant. You would work worldwide to coach our clients in improving reliability and maintenance work systems.Read more
The definition of 'spare parts classification' can fluctuate depending on the vision and / or focus assumed at any given moment.Read more
Condition Monitoring Standards (CMS) are the building blocks of a documentation system created by IDCON for setting up and running a preventive maintenance, essential care and condition monitoring (PM/ECCM) system in any industry. Each CMS has been carefully compiled by IDCON together with masterRead more
The work process we call maintenance planning can almost always be improved in any given mill or plant. In fact in most plants we visit maintenance planners don't plan. Planners do all kinds of tasks except work order planning. Typical things planners do, and should not do include:Read more