Invensys implements Avantis EAM system for Platte River Power Authority
Invensys Process Systems has implemented a comprehensive Avantis enterprise asset management system at the Platte River Power Authority in Fort Collins, CO, for its generation, distribution and maintenance operations, which includes a 274-MW coal-fired power plant located north of Fort Collins.
The Avantis.PRO asset management software application is being used for maintenance management, inventory control and procurement for generating machinery, distribution yard equipment, transmission lines and towers, as well as vehicles and other company assets.
The implementation includes the Avantis Approvals software module, which uses automated workflow for approval routing and processing. This helps Platte River manage their inventory and purchasing activities, improve productivity, and contain costs across the company's entire asset base.
Platte River is also using the Avantis VIP Advanced Scheduling module. VIP Advanced Scheduling combines into one management display all information about the availability of people, materials and equipment. Work project assignments throughout the Platte River generating and distribution networks are automated and maintained using this capability.
The Avantis.PRO application allows any level of facility, process, machine, vehicle, material, service part, work order or other element to be defined as an "entity" that can be tracked, maintained and costed using a variety of stand-alone or roll-up relationships for more timely and effective asset maintenance management. This allows Platte River to build detailed equipment histories, control its procurement activity, define work management schedules, and develop information for audit and safety documentation.
"With the information from Avantis.PRO software, we have a greater ability to reduce the cost of inventory and maintenance and have achieved more efficient procurement," said Tom Iwanski, information technology manager at Platte River "Now we have a proactive preventative maintenance and procurement strategy that helps us optimize our investments."
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