Norbord’s Cowie site in central Scotland produces both MDF and particleboard. The processes are intensive, take a lot of energy and can be tough on equipment. Proactively maintaining the plant and upgrading as technology improves is essential to ensuring that availability is high and throughput is maximised.
For safety and commercial reasons, upgrades and maintenance are performed with the full plant isolated and not producing. The commercial implications of over-running the time planned for outages are significant. Production cannot be recovered if time is lost.
Edwards works closely with Norbord to carefully plan the required installation and its execution, to ensure the safety of all employees and that the time and costs of these shutdowns hit tight targets.