LKAB chose ALMA as its partner

Alma Consulting Oy provides as a service for LKAB the conversion of instruments and e-documentation at the two pelletization plants.

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LKAB and Alma Consulting Oy have signed a contract for the conversion of instruments and e-documentation at the KK4 and KA3 pelletization plants. The existing Smartplant documentation will be converted to a format compatible with LKAB’s document management system. This is intended to achieve a more cost-effective, user-friendly, and reliable documentation method for the project.

According to Project Director Ola Paganus, “LKAB has invested a lot in recent years and will continue to do so in the future, too. We need new suppliers and partner organisations and ALMA Consulting Oy has already demonstrated its expertise by carrying out a pilot project at the beginning of the year.”

“This project is important from the point of view of our market penetration in Sweden and in the mining sector in general. The cooperation with LKAB has been really smooth and we’re delighted to be able to deliver the project”, reports Director Niko Pahkala.

Both companies are looking forward to continuing their collaboration on future projects. ALMA Consulting Oy’s own patented ALMA system is central to the project.

According to Project lead engineer Janne Mäkinen, “this efficient and innovative system is a key factor in effective project work and it allows us to work in a mistake-free way as well as produce high quality.”

Raahepolis – ALMA - An agile system for all real estate management

Having over 20 leased properties and almost 100 tenants requires accurate, up-to-date information on where things are, what is done over time, and what has been agreed on with clients.

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Raahepolis owns over 50 000 m² of office, production and logistic spaces in the Raahe region. As a result of municipal mergers, the organization is made up of several companies. Several different external actors have provided the maintenance services of these premises over the years. It is thus not surprising that the documentation of the different buildings and any work conducted was deficient or even non-existent.

Managing its property information caused Raahepolis a great deal of problems and extra work, until in 2016 it began collaboration with ALMA, and everything changed.

“Drawings, operating documentation, electrical and authority inspections, maintenance logs, reminders and lately, fiber optic network management. All these are now in one place and the whole thing works logically. We are also able to save important client emails together with their attachments in the system. This is really useful, as these often involve contractual issues. In this way, we are able to record them immediately, and easily find them again when needed,” Kari Malkamäki thanks ALMA for its diversity and ability to scale its services to the needs of real estate operators.

Raahepolis trusts ALMA with its real estate maintenance information and documentation

ALMA, which is much used in industrial production plant maintenance, was customized to answer to the needs of Raahepolis as regards, for example, terms and specific
property information.

 

“We are extremely satisfied with how ALMA took on Raahepolis and its problems. We didn’t really know ourselves what we specifically needed, but it’s the sign of a true expert when someone listens and is able to tell you and guide you on what you might need. ALMA and its system meet our needs perfectly,” says Malkamäki.

 

Text: Tia Härkönen / Photo: Raahepolis Oy

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ALMA brings winds of change to Helen’s power and automation maintenance

The power company Helen Oy is focusing on long-term and comprehensive solutions for information management at its existing and future production facilities. This was emphasised also when they were selecting a partner for their information management project. ALMA proved to be successful.

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Helen is one of the largest power companies in Finland, offering new energy solutions. Its innovative energy solutions have been awarded as the most efficient in the world, and the company has nearly 400,000 customers throughout Finland. The company produces electricity and district heating in its power plants in Vuosaari, Hanasaari and Salmisaari.

Developing the company’s business operations has always been important, and there have been plenty of innovations. That is true even now, as digitisation has created the need to focus on and improve production facility information management and relevant information management processes.

When the old ways no longer work

For Helen, the impulse towards a better management of technical information and lifespan started from problems with the overall management of information.

If our own competent staff is telling us that changes should be made to the operational and working models of our automation processes, we can’t just brush it aside. It was also clear that as far as technical information management was concerned, the documentation could do with much greater precision. Not everyone who needed to access the information was able to, and finding the right information took way too much time, said Panu Oksman, Development Manager.

First, the power and automation maintenance information from the A and B facility at Salmisaari, Helsinki, was recorded. A lot of the source material was incorrect, and not all previous amendments were visible. People were having to look for files from scratch, because they did not know exactly where to find what they were looking for.

Well, it was a bit difficult. In maintenance and servicing situations, it has been anything but sensible, because the information was entered into the system retrospectively. It wasn’t really possible to talk about real-time information at that point, Oksman stated.

A strong life-cycle of technical information management is an advantage to everyone

With ALMA, Helen moved on to completely new kinds of working methods and documentation. Now, all information can be entered into the system while things are being done. There is no need for separate stages, and all works and records have a consistent rhythm. Future maintenance works will also be recorded directly in ALMA.

This results in significant implications on the use of time, and work speeding up. Any new information is available immediately, and can be promptly shared with all parties: with our own employees, with engineering offices and subcontractors, Oksman listed.

The energy industry is going through big changes, with regard to environmental requirements, the development of electricity prices, and challenges related to energy production for peak consumption periods. These issues have a considerable effect on what information is used to modernise and perform maintenance on a production facility, and how much extra work is necessary for keeping information up to date.

Technical information management plays a key role in the work productivity of those involved with production processes, as well as in achieving the quality, volume and information security of production processes. Many organisations use several applications and various information systems, which does not always make things easier. 

ALMA provides a single integrated system even for complicated fields of information, including everything required. The flow of information can be assuredly efficient, safe and fast. In the energy industry, stability and persistence are important factors. ALMA Consulting can also give us a long-term vision of how we can strengthen our information management and relevant practices together, to ensure a great and high-quality end result. This is something we value greatly, Panu Oksman said.

 

Text: Tia Härkönen

Photos: Tia Härkönen and Helen Oy

 

 

Information is everything.

Information and know-how are your assets. Do you know who uses them and for what?

The ALMA® system ensures that the invaluable information and know-how generated over the plant’s lifecycle is not lost to the organisation. Instead, it will be stored in a single system and be available on a real-time basis to all who need it.

ALMA Consulting Oy Ltd offers a full range of software services from commissioning and development to maintenance, support and training. ALMA® is registered trade mark and it has been in the market since 1986.