Our services in industrial maintenance
Smart services for
a sustainable world
Quant is a leader in the global industrial maintenance services market, working in almost every industry. The core of our value proposition consists of improving safety, creating organizational equity, driving plant performance, and cost alignment. The approach is to view the maintenance function as a profit contributor, and not as a cost center, with Quant as the partner driving this transformation.
Our partnership models are not one-size-fits-all, they are offered and tailored by combing Quant services and contractual models in a way that suites each customers unique needs, emphasizing shared risk and return and common objectives.
Safety and sustainability
At Quant, we are committed to manage our business and deliver our asset- and maintenance services, in a sustainable way, preventing harm to our employees, customers, contractors, local communities, and the environment. Our aim is zero harm, and to become and remain the best in class.
Industrial and manufacturing systems have significant impact on energy and resource usage, as well as on potentially harmful emissions. Sustainable manufacturing will increase the need of structured and well managed maintenance to achieve sustainability gains going forward.
Throughout our 30+ years existence, we have developed a genuine safety culture and a solid sustainability management system, fully embedded in our daily work with support from various systems and tools as quantShield©.
Sample components of our scope of services
Strategic maintenance planning
All businesses need a long-term strategic plan for maintenance, covering all aspects of maintenance development and execution in a plant. The plan shall set the direction for how to reach a desired futurate state for your operations and asset life cycle.
We help our clients to develop a maintenance strategy with support from our industry subject matter experts around the globe, who will develop a unique 3MP “Maintenance Management Master Plan” for each site together with the local organization. A maintenance organization supported by Quant will use various methods, processes, and tools to operate the business in line with the maintenance strategy.
Reliability centered maintenance
Reliability has a broad meaning in our daily life. In technical terms, reliability is defined as “the probability that a product, equipment and/or piece or system performs its intended function without failure under specified conditions for a specified period of time”.
It is common that business do not have full control of its cost of unreliability (COUR) and by that do not have the overall picture of what cost arises from reliability related failures in production assets, including the cost of repairing equipment after failure as well as the production lost value (quality and quantity).
Rightly deployed, reliability centered maintenance means that the technical availability of an asset will be as high as the chosen maintenance strategy and spend budget allows in a specific industry.
We support our clients to develop our reliability centered maintenance approach with support from our reliability engineers, implement and execute while at the same time understand and take measures to minimize cost of unreliability and improve technical availability.
Efficiency in maintenance execution is an important key factor in all industries. Workforce, methods, digital tools, and processes for maintenance need to be aligned to realize untapped potential within the field of craft utilization, performance and quality – overall craft efficiency (OCE).
Quant have global cases showing improvements in the range of 10-20% over a period of 3 years, in regard of Overall Craft Efficiency when deploying Quants processes, systems and digital tools for maintenance execution improvement.
Plant performance improvement
Quant´s plant performance solutions serve to increase the effective use of existing production facilities, with the aim to improve client overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) and technical availability for its production assets.
Effects are reached by a systematic focus on reliability and continuous improvements of the production process with objective to reduce downtime, increases average production rates and improves yield and output quality.
The process is supported by state-of-the-art digital tools as quantEffect™ and quantNumbers™ to support extended improvements.
The outcome directly impacts customers’ OEE and technical availability with reduced unit cost, improved EBITDA as well as balance sheet metrics such as return on capital employed (ROCE) and return on net assets (RONA).
Supply chain & spare part management
Through our supply chain and spare part management optimization processes, we can help our clients to reduce cost of unreliability (COUR) and save cost related inventory and spare parts.
Some industry benchmark indicates that 30-40% of unplanned asset down time are related to stock outs which in turn also impacts maintenance craft utilization with up to 30% loss of utilization while the crew are waiting for right spare part.
Quant benchmark shows that as much as 15-25% of maintenance spare part spend could be saved when a stringent business process is implemented and aligned with CMMS system as quantWorx or any other proven enterprise asset management (EAM) system platform.
Asset life cycle management
An asset life cycle is the series of stages involved in the management of a plant or asset.
We support our clients during all phases in the asset life cycle, where focus in the early stages is to build the right foundation, organization, skills, processes, tools, and systems, to the operational processes, where Quant put focus on maintenance engineering and improvement, maintenance execution and people and skill development among other things, all in all aimed to optimize output and return on assets for our clients.
The importance of any given asset life cycle is determined by several factors, including how costly the asset is, how crucial to its business or not, and the overall reliability of the asset.
The asset life cycle can be tracked in different ways and is generally monitored in some way at every company, where efficient enterprise asset management (EAM) system combined with BI tools caters for a fact-based approach when optimizing operations and maintenance.
Industrial plant shutdowns are the most expensive part of maintenance in the asset life cycle. Due to their extensive downtime with no production output and high cost for execution in terms of extra labor cost for dedicated shutdown teams, parts, and special equipment. In addition, there are often high safety risks involved in complex work tasks in a shutdown project, where many task are not performed on a regular basis.
All in all, shutdowns require a stringent process, risk management and planning in advance as well as a skilled organization with right leadership to successfully manage and execute a project without safety incidents, cost, or lead time overruns.
Quant have through the years successfully performed shutdowns for our customers in chemical, metal and mining, and pulp and paper industry on a global basis supported by well proven processes and systems.
Organization – people and culture
From embedding superior safety practices and building a true service culture, to optimizing maintenance cost and improving plant performance, people make the difference
Quant as a company set pride in developing our maintenance employees to “service professionals” – empowering employees to realize the full potential of maintenance as well as their skills and knowhow. Change is supported by experienced leaders, colleagues, and subject matter experts, in our global and regional networks, through Quant Academy with tailored trainings as World Leading Service Trainings as one example.
Examples of partnerships
Quant’s services are offered through tailored partnerships emphasizing shared risk and return, common objectives, and business benefits linked to each unique customer situation, some of which are exemplified below.
The customer is planning to build a new or expanding an existing production plant. As part of this project, the customer needs support in defining, establishing, and implementing state-of-the-art maintenance operations to ensure full leverage on capital investments.
Quant provide a seamless solution for establishing a world class maintenance function and operations at a greenfield plant, supporting our client from design, trough commissioning and put in to into operations.
The customer has experienced challenges with one or several areas related to organizational performance, compliance with safety regulation, throughput in its plant (OEE), high cost of un-reliability (COUR), low overall craft efficiency (OCE) or other issues related to maintenance performance impacting the plants efficiency and productivity.
Quant will drive improvements in areas such as safety, culture, cost, equipment reliability and availability by transforming and optimizing maintenance processes and organization.
Operate (steady state)
The customer does not view maintenance as a core activity internally and has concluded that external players can do it better or at lower costs in the long run, due to increasing technical complexity, problem to retain skilled employees and/or need focus on core processes, or a combination there of.
Quant will make sure assets are always in a healthy condition supporting the overall production plans – ramp-up and ramp-down to a flexible and optimized cost.
A maintenance execution partnership means that Quant takes the responsibility for executing maintenance activities in accordance with the customer’s maintenance management, reliability engineering, and planning. We use our global experience to transform safety and service culture, optimize work scheduling, with the objective to continuously improve overall craft effectiveness. A maintenance execution partnership covers all types of maintenance activities at a plant, including mechanical, electrical, automation and facility.
A maintenance execution partnership brings value to our customer through a competent maintenance workforce with a clear understanding of customer targets and our role in delivering those.
In this partnership model, Quant take full responsibility for all aspects of maintenance, from maintenance management and development to planning and execution of all site activities for corrective, preventive and condition-based maintenance, cost alignment and plant performance improvement. The partnership could also include full responsibility for shut-downs, upgrades, and/or modifications.
We take a holistic approach and commit to improving safety and service culture, productivity, and reliability, while at the same time aligning cost with the customer’s strategic plans.
We normally deliver our services through a plant-based organization focusing on the plants’ unique needs and requirements, the local team is supported from Quants global excellence centers, where various expertise could be called in to solve technical challenges and/or support long term transformation projects to realize the full potential of maintenance.
When planning to build a new plant, or expanding an existing production plant, Quant can provide support in defining, establishing, and implementing a state-of-the-art maintenance function, in order to ensure full leverage of the capital invested.
Quant’s team gradually ramp-up the maintenance organization throughout the project, so that when production starts, all team members are fully prepared. The Quant team will participate in installation supervision, cold and hot commissioning, and startup/production trials; thus providing efficient and effective support from day one. Through participation in the project from the start, the maintenance strategy will be systematically developed and then improved based on feedback already from start-up and production trials.