Cogent successfully implemented an Operations Performance and issue management system at Norbord’s particle board plant in Cowie, Scotland.
The overall goal of the system is to improve production performance of the entire operation. The system provides metrics around different aspects of performance to help improve the users’ behavior in the plant and achieve sustainable and efficient production. The system allows users at all levels to contribute to improving plant performance by allowing them to visualize real-time feedback. Operators can check the system during their shift to see if they are hitting their targets and managers can look at the system monthly to pinpoint successes and issues regarding plant performance.
This is an on-going project for Cogent with updates to the system building upon previous iterations. Improved features include more specific data models with benchmarks based on planned and unplanned changes in production. The system currently displays information for the entire plant but future upgrades are planned to segment the data and allow models to be filtered based on facility area or operator station.
To ensure there was high quality data for the system to collect, Cogent first worked on alarm rationalization at the plant to provide better data. Cogent also onboarded key users to ensure the system will be adopted by the workers for collaboration and collective improvement. Cogent is grateful for the opportunity to work with Norbord on this project and deliver an excellent user experience to the employees at the plant.
Norbord Inc. is the largest producer of Oriented Strand Board. In addition to OSB, Norbord manufactures particleboard, Medium-Density Fibreboard and related value-added products. Norbord employs approximately 2,600 people at 17 plant locations in the United States, Canada and Europe.
About Cogent Industrial Technologies
Cogent is a professional services firm offering independent expertise in Industrial Technologies and Project Management to industrial operations around the world. Our technical expertise include Process Engineering, Industrial Safety, Industrial Automation, Electrical, Industrial IT and Operations Performance Management Systems delivering a totally integrated plant connecting equipment, processes and people.