Case Kotkan Energia: “ALMA’s flexibility has been a surprise for us.”

At Kotkan Energia, the ALMA information system was introduced three years ago. New features have been incorporated along the way, flexibly and whenever required.

Kotkan Energia is an energy group operating in the Kotka region and employing more than 100 people working at several different offices and subsidiaries. Three years ago, the Group decided to get rid of its multiple overlapping information systems and loose Excel spreadsheets. The systems were gradually removed from use and information centralised into the single ALMA information system.

The entire Group uses the ALMA information system; over the years, it has expanded more and more clearly from the maintenance domain to an enterprise resource planning system used by everyone. Information is transparent and at everyone’s disposal in real time. We have introduced new features along the way; personally, I’m impressed at how flexibly all of them have been incorporated into a single system, says Jari Mäkelä, Production Director at Kotkan Energia Oy.

During maintenance shutdowns, efficient information flows are required

Once a year, Kotkan Energia’s power plants are routinely shut down for maintenance. The shutdowns must be planned and organised with special care. All maintenance and repair procedures are planned in advance as far as possible. Reliable schedule, resource, spare part, and cost information is required for the planning. A shutdown may only last for as long as absolutely necessary.

For the first time, we utilised ALMA in our shutdowns in 2017, right after its introduction. Its role has grown over the years, in the context of shutdowns and all our other operations as well. Work tasks are carried out on time and as planned. Today, we receive a lot of information about the condition of machinery and equipment in the form of various reports and key figures. These facilitate taking of the necessary measures, which play an important role in supporting decision-making, says Mäkelä.

Today, changes made at Kotka are often based on own resources

The skills of our organisation have gradually improved, and so we can implement many ALMA-related modifications on our own as well. For example, the dashboards introduced in early 2020 were originally incorporated into our procedures with the assistance of ALMA. Now, however, we are capable of making and modifying them on our own, Mäkelä notes.

In spring 2020, Kotkan Energia launched a development project introducing in the Group a criticality classification for equipment and spare parts based on reliability-centred maintenance (RCM). During the project, all power plant equipment are inspected, their condition classified and pre-maintenance programmes updated according to equipment criticality.

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