Wood working15.12.2017

Success stories: Panel Industry integration leads to better results

Head of Production in Panel Industry Jukka Rautiainen Jukka Rautiainen is glad about synergy benefits gained by combining Panel Industry. Behind the Schelling saw line at plywood mill.

Head of Production in Panel Industry Jukka Rautiainen Jukka Rautiainen is glad about synergy benefits gained by combining Panel Industry. Behind the Schelling saw line at plywood mill.

Koskisen’s plywood and chipboard products are recognised by customers as being the best in the industry. In Koskisen’s new Panel Industry, the combination of these two strong business areas creates opportunities for entirely new solutions where customer orientation is the foundation of the strategy. 

“With the new Panel Industry, product development is strengthened, production efficiency is growing, personnel’s know-how is being shared more broadly and, at the same time, we are strongly investing in personnel development and coaching,” says Juha Jalkanen, Director of Koskisen’s Panel Industry. “Production can make use of both mills, and there are strong synergies, particularly in panel finishing,” he adds.  

During the autumn, the concrete benefits of the integration could be seen in the Panel Industry. A logics update was performed according to plan on the Schelling saw line at Koskisen’s plywood mill during the latest summer shutdown. The line was supposed to start up again the week after the shutdown, but the update did not go as smoothly as hoped. Due to the repair work related to the update, the coated panels were not sawn at the targeted pace, and they started to pile up in storage. The challenge was overcome with a brilliant solution, however. To reduce the backlog, plywood panels were initially sawn using the chipboard mill’s cut-to-size saw on weekends. 

Schelling saw line's workstation at Koskisen's plywood mill.

Schelling saw line's workstation at Koskisen's plywood mill. 

Thanks to the positive experience, plywood sawing was also carried out during the week. In future, the intention is to saw all KoskiFutura plywood panels using the chipboard mill’s cut-to-size saw, so the line will shift from operating three shifts five days a week, to three shifts seven days a week. “This is a good example of the benefits of the Panel Industry integration and our agile co-operation,” says Jukka Rautiainen, Head of Production for Koskisen Panel Industry. “This has also worked both ways: the backlog at the chipboard mill in the autumn was relieved by using the plywood mill’s saw line,” he points out.  

Another high point this past autumn in Panel Industry was the Hymmen coating and pressing line: In the first week of October, a record number of panels were coated – an impressive 16,405 panels in one week. “The atmosphere in coating has been positive in other respects, too,” says Rautiainen. “Work satisfaction on the coating line has probably been increased by the fact that half of the line employees voluntarily switched to a 12-hour shift starting the week of October 16th.”