SSG Standard Solutions Group has been working on standardisation, guidance, information and training for more than 50 years. Its aim is that its standardised services should be the obvious choice for the international process industry. One of SSG’s areas of focus is maintenance and how companies can improve their performance by introducing a sustainability angle to their maintenance strategies.
“Maintenance from a sustainability perspective is all about a new strategic approach and action, leading to the right things being done for the company and its surroundings. Sustainable maintenance involves further development of the entire organisation to produce higher efficiency, less resource wastage and greater benefits for customers,” says Jonas Berggren, CEO of SSG Standard Solutions Group.
Maintenance has long been considered of low importance within the industry. “Owners, factory managers and production managers have all viewed maintenance as something that someone else deals with. But this situation is changing now that corporate management teams have realised that there is enormous potential in allowing the maintenance function to help drive the development of more sustainable companies,” says Anders Källström, Chairman of Sustainability Circle, a thinktank focusing on technical sustainability, which can generate expertise in the implementation of sustainable technology.
Mr Källström continues: “There is strategic potential in maintenance and maintenance expertise. Technical sustainability helps to bring about sustainable finances and a sustainable environment, but it is also extremely significant to improving the sustainability of people and communities. This has not been safeguarded sufficiently to date.”
This is why more and more people are striving to elevate the status of maintenance and talk in terms of “sustainable maintenance”.
“Maintenance from a sustainability perspective includes not only the current state of production equipment, but also the people within the organisation, community impact and finances. Long-term sustainable maintenance is based on the ability to use equipment efficiently and safely over a long period of time, while also eliminating waste and unnecessary losses.” says Mr Berggren.
“It is all about a new strategic approach and action, leading to the right things being done from an overall perspective for the company and its surroundings. Sustainable maintenance involves further development of the entire organisation to produce higher efficiency, less resource wastage and greater benefits for customers,” he continues.
Sustainable maintenance does not just mean increasing the service life of existing production equipment. Sustainable maintenance also involves major financial savings, less environmental impact and more efficient use of resources.
Sustainable maintenance is value-adding maintenance. “It is not an expense for the company, it is an investment in the future,” says Mr Berggren. Mr Källström of Sustainability Circle agrees: “Choosing to work in a sustainable manner means choosing sustainability as an overall vision and corporate strategy. This is why choosing to work sustainably requires value-added maintenance to become a strategic part of the company’s overall long-term business. It also requires preparation of a sustainable maintenance strategy.”