Stora Enso's Sunila makes full use of ALMA’s flexibility

ALMA adds efficiency to engineering and maintenance in Sunila plant.

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Stora Enso’s Sunila pulp mill combines solid expertise gained over the decades with advanced production solutions, such as the electrical and automation engineering system delivered by ALMA Consulting Oy.

Sunila makes full use of ALMA’s flexibility.

"Our previous system was old and was only serviced and maintained infrequently. When Sunila was taken over by Stora Enso, many changes had to be made to the systems. And because it would’ve been difficult and costly to adapt to Enso’s new systems, we were compelled to look for other alternatives", tells Head of Engineering, Mr. Jukka Henriksson of Empower who is based at the Sunila Mill.

The goal was to find a user-friendly solution that enabled a transition to a more comprehensive electronic documentation system. It would ensure that the information was always up to date and the engineering data easily available to maintenance crews as well.

"We spent a long time looking for a new system and finally opted for the ALMA Engineering System. Aside from the potential offered by the system, ALMA is a domestic supplier with solid references", he says.

ALMA adapts all needs

There were many objectives to be handled like update a large number of documents in connection with the modernisation of the lye line automation system, increase user friendliness by making it possible to access the documents directly from the various terminals.

Mr. Henriksson also wanted to find a solution that allowed maintenance crews to access engineering data quickly and to ensure that the information is up to date.

The ALMA system is used by the Empower staff and its subcontractors Kotka Automation and Etteplan.

"When the system was delivered, the ALMA people migrated the information from the old system to the new one. It went smoothly, even though they had no previous knowledge of the old system", explains Henriksson.

"When the SAP project advances, we will take into use an interface designed and implemented by ALMA Consulting that will automate data transfer between ALMA and SAP. We’ve gained enough experience to date to appreciate the flexibility of ALMA’s functions that allow us to customise the system for in-house needs. ALMA was put to its first acid test when the lye line automation system was upgraded and the old hardcopy documentation was converted into electronic format."

Commissioning in late 2011 was preceded by general operator training. Since then, ALMA’s experts have supported the commissioning process both remotely and here in Sunila.

"All in all, the ALMA system has adapted to our needs quite easily. It really facilitates engineering and maintenance as we can access the data directly from our own terminals. Additionally, the system makes it easier to update and maintain the database used in engineering. Now we’re able to reduce the volume of hardcopy documentation", says Henriksson.

 

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Neste Engineering Solutions uses ALMA in even its most challenging instrumentation and automation projects

Neste Engineering Solutions Ltd and ALMA have worked in cooperation for 20 years. Together they have fine-tuned operating methods and solutions to ensure that they fulfill customers’ needs. The shutdowns at the production plant in Neste Porvoo are a good example of ALMA at its best.

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Neste Engineering Solutions is a solution provider that specializes in particularly demanding instrumentation and automation projects. All its operations require a strong safety and quality culture.

Heimo Heikkilä, a specialist working in Information Management Operations explains that the key elements are the designing of safe plants and influencing the safety and smoothly-flowing work of employees. ALMA provides excellent help in this. ALMA’s usefulness and the strength of the cooperation between the partners is clear in the shutdowns of Neste Porvoo’s production plants. Shutdown and its planning involves years of work, with hundreds of simultaneous sub-projects. It takes place every five years, and lasts for about five weeks.

“The process involves surveys for making basic plans, further defining these plans, and finally detailed plans for the actual shutdown. This requires a comprehensive system, in which everything is controlled and readily at hand. The last time, in 2015, ALMA had about 70 users. The number of licenses was slightly less, but we were easily able to temporarily obtain the required additional amount. It is important in long, demanding project procedures that everything works and that we receive 100% support from our supplier. When preparing for the shutdown, the plant constantly has other lifecycle-related needs: for example, revision control and the renewal of products and their scheduling,” says Heikkilä.

By choosing the right methods for managing and maintaining information, the organization can anticipate and reduce the project’s potential risks.

“The significance of growing automation and the increasingly intelligent documentation of process control and maintenance is constantly rising. For this reason too, ALMA has been the right choice for us. When we were looking for a planning system in the mid 1990s, one which is supported by the supplier, we found ALMA. Over the years, our cooperation has grown stronger and we are thrilled with how innovatively ALMA develops both the system and the operations of the whole organization.”

Neste Engineering Solutions uses ALMA globally 

“Neste Engineering Solutions has chosen ALMA as its internal tool for different projects. It will also be expanded to electrical engineering. We have already carried out projects intelligently using digital solutions for a long time. We prioritize the management of our network, in which we focus on high quality and above all, a safe end result from the customer’s perspective. This is why we trust ALMA”, says Heimo Heikkilä.

Neste Engineering Solutions Oy was previously known as Neste Jacobs Oy. The name was changed as of January 1, 2018. 

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Text: Tia Härkönen / Photo: Neste

 

Helen relies on ALMA in the Mustikkamaa district heat storage project

The energy group Helen is building under Mustikkamaa, Helsinki, the largest in Finland district heat storage facility using tap water. The data system delivered by ALMA is used to facilitate the designing process and support the cooperation project. It is a system that runs in real time, is mobile and can be quickly updated should the situation change, but also at different stages throughout the project’s life span.

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The caverns under Helsinki’s Mustikkamaa were originally built in 1982 for storing oil. For years these caverns have been empty, but soon they will be used to hold 260,000 cubic metres of district heat energy. With the heat stored in the caverns Helen will be able to adjust their heat generation, and thus save around one million litres worth of fossil fuels.

"ALMA’s data system links the parties cooperating in this heat storage facility project with each other. The data produced in the project with the use of ALMA is centralised, which means that customers, designers and subcontractors all know in real time how the project is progressing", says the project manager Pekka Salimäki, who for 10 years has been involved in Helen’s design and project ventures in different capacities.

The objective is the digital facility model generated with ALMA

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"We are now extending the system, which originated from on-site instrumentation of automatic systems, into a management system, which covers all different areas of a facility’s design process. We shall start with the Mustikkamaa project, which is indeed an exotic project with a unique concept, but is relatively simple in terms of the scope of its process technology. Our ultimate objective is to apply ALMA for building a digital facility model and using it to prepare ourselves for the major investments in plants and development projects in 2020s", says Salimäki.

"At present we are gathering experience through a smaller project, in order to be able in future to handle major projects, covering the entire life span of a facility with less efforts", he summarises.

ALMA's involvement covers the project from the design to the maintenance stage

The Mustikkamaa project is still at its initial stage, and currently the shared system has around 30 users. The project originally started years ago with preliminary planning and concept development, while the specific planning at Mustikkamaa commenced only last spring when the actual implementation project was launched. The cavern heat storage facility will be completed for production use in 2021.

"The benefits produced by ALMA's data system are available throughout the entire project. We have just got the system up and running. Thus it is as if we were creating the foundation for a house on which it is easy to build new storeys and extensions in future", Salimäki describes the situation.

After the Mustikkamaa engineering and construction project is completed, it is intended to continue using the ALMA data system for the running of the facility.

Even large data volumes flow effortlessly

Salimäki commends ALMA for its excellent version management features, as well as for the fact that sharing of even extremely large volumes of data – such as 3D data models and 360 videos – within the systematic data structures is effortless. Salimäki also gives praise to ALMA’s mobile features and the possibility of integrating the system into other data systems used.

"It is interesting to gather experience about other properties linked with the on-site stage of the system and the benefits they offer. At ALMA the scheduling of work is based on the equipment data produced by the design process, which means that they will not be kept as separate diagrams and rows without any correlation with the reality. This should make the installation stage and monitoring of the commissioning process effortless. The real time nature of the system, as well as the completion of the project without separate and work-intensive documentation stage are also seen as considerable benefits. Sharing of any information is swift and smooth, and e-mail boxes will not be filled with documents that are difficult to revise", he adds.

"Moreover, ALMA hears the wishes of their clients. Through their support services we have been provided quick advice, and new features of the system have been delivered to us without undue delays."

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.