MRO Magazine

Norbord partners with Ivara to increase asset reliability

Burlington, ON -- Norbord, an international producer of wood-based panels, has selected Ivara's integrated enterpri...


August 18, 2006
By MRO Magazine

Burlington, ON — Norbord, an international producer of wood-based panels, has selected Ivara’s integrated enterprise asset management (EAM) and EXP reliability solution to improve asset performance and reliability. One of the world’s largest producers of oriented strand board (OSB), Norbord will implement the Ivara solution at its 12 mill locations in North America, including those in northern Ontario and Quebec.

Since 1998, Norbord has tripled its capacity through significant investment in the acquisition of additional mills, the construction of new mills, and the expansion of existing operations. To facilitate further growth — as well as improving production efficiency and reducing operating costs — Norbord has made Ivara’s integrated EAM and EXP solution an important part of its strategic plan to introduce consistent maintenance practices and enhance the reliability of its physical assets.

Ivara’s EAM offering includes comprehensive functionality in the areas of asset management, work planning and scheduling, spare parts inventory management, purchasing, receiving and invoicing. Ivara EXP helps to make maintenance more effective by enabling a proactive, health-based approach to asset care through a focus on asset reliability.

“As a capital-intensive organization, Norbord recognizes that increasing the reliability of our assets is an outstanding way to improve production and reduce operating costs,” said Bob Jackson, vice-president, information technology at Norbord. “Ivara’s software and the expertise of their team, give us the tools we need to take our maintenance practices to an important new level of effectiveness.”