2016 - Users Conference - San Francisco - Forest and Paper Products
The Path Towards Asset Performance Management with the PI System and Ekho
Kruger Inc. is a leader in North American paper and paperboard manufacturing and recycling with facilities in different provinces of Canada (Québec, Ontario, British Columbia, and Newfoundland) as well as in the United States. Due to Kruger’s complex and distributed operating environment, the collection and analysis of real-time data is critical to achieving operational efficiency and improving asset performance management. Because real-time information in different mills was previously managed in different systems, it has been difficult to establish standard operating systems within and across mills and to consolidate information into a central system. Kruger has addressed these difficulties by standardizing data collection in the PI System, implementing a corporate PI System with PI Asset Framework and Event Frames, and deploying Ekho application software for operational intelligence and performance improvement. Although Kruger is in the early stages of deployment, they anticipate improvements in production and product quality, reduction of downtime, and better Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE). In subsequent phases, they expect to broaden their scope to asset performance management and integrate the PI System and Ekho with the Maintenance Management System."
Kruger Pulp & Paper
Dominique St Pierre Boucher
Dominique St Pierre Boucher is the Director MES at Kruger Pulp & Paper and is responsible for the IT infrastructure, the PI System, and the MES systems in the mills. For the past 3 years, he has been working and supporting the PI System. One of his current responsibilities is to oversee the removal of several competitor products and migrate the functionality to a centralized PI System. He previously studied Information Technology in Quebec, Canada. Mr. St Pierre Boucher has worked in IT as a technical consultant, an educator, a developer, and project manager, including a role as IT Manager at Corner Brook Mill in Newfoundland, Canada, where he was responsible for PI System infrastructure and the Ekho software for operational intelligence.