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February 27
Revised ORAP PDF Output - Coming in 2017

​As a follow on to the interface and reporting changes we made in the ORAP Analytics Portal™ last year, we are working to revise and reduce the PDF Output that ORAP customers get from SPS. The goal of this new PDF output will be to provide higher level RAM statistics to simplify and streamline the output that power plants get from us quarterly. Customers will be able to then access the ORAP Analytics Portal, at any point in time, to see the RAM statistics in more detail.  We anticipate that this new PDF output will be available at the end of Q3 2017 (September 2017).


If you are a current ORAP customer, your Customer Account Manager will be contacting you within the next few months to verify the people at your site that should be getting this new PDF output. They will also tell you who has access to the online ORAP Analytics Portal, so that you can make sure that everyone has access to the data that they need.


If you are not an ORAP customer and you own/operate a power plant, contact us at inquiries@spsinc.com to learn more about what this new PDF output could mean for your business. 

January 5
SPS Immersion - YouTube Channel

Hello ​and Happy 2017!  To start off this New Year, SPS® has set up a brand new YouTube channel called "SPS Immersion™ - Online Learning".  This page is dedicated to providing comprehensive, informative videos on the ORAP® Family of products and services.  As we move through 2017, we plan to add additional videos to the page to support our customers in learning about ORAP at their pace.  As we add new features to ORAP RAM, ORAP Parts-Trac™, the ORAP Analytics Portal, ORAP Asset Insight™ and ORAP Field Service™, we will post new videos.

Please visit the channel by clicking on the logo below.  Feel free to subscribe to the page to be informed when a new video is posted!


November 28
Coming Soon... ORAP Parts-Trac 2017

We took a minute to speak to Tom Christiansen, Senior Vice President here at SPS to learn a little bit more about what is happening with the newest release of the ORAP Parts-Trac software for 2017.  

Question:

Within the next few weeks, SPS will be releasing the next generation of the ORAP Parts-Trac system.  Can you give us an idea of what the new release will contain and how this changes the way that power plants can optimize their critical and capital parts management?

Tom: "The primary change made in this latest release to the ORAP Parts-Trac product is focused on a graphical interface that allows for a more intuitive user experience.  SPS has worked with a human factors expert to design an updated user interface that simplifies the tasks related to maintaining the current status of your capital parts.  


All of the capability of the legacy system has been preserved, and several new features were added based on feedback from our users group on their additional need
such as, an intuitive drag-and-drop functionality for easily executing parts Transactions; customizable Advisories to alert you about issues with your parts data; a graphical view of all your parts currently installed in your fleet, storerooms, and repair facilities; and, the concept of Part Status which gives you a clear understanding of the “as-of-today” status of your parts (e.g., Operating, Available, Out for Repair, Repair Hold, Scrapped, etc.).  Also, we are actively working on developing on-demand analytics dashboard and forecasting capabilities to meet our customers’ parts planning needs and requirements – to be released as future enhancements (along with other capabilities). 

The end result is a system that is easy to learn, easy to use, and very powerful."


October 24
SPS joins The Energy Solutions Center (ESC)
SPS recently joined The Energy Solutions Center (ESC), a non-profit organization of utilities and equipment manufacturers.  The ESC promotes energy efficient natural gas solutions and systems for use by residential, commercial and industrial energy users.  These solutions help to maintain the competitiveness, efficiency, productivity, and profitability of an array of North American businesses and industries and save energy, enhance reliability, and improve comfort for all energy users.

http://www.energysolutionscenter.org/

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October 24
Rick Tomlinson - ORAP Customer from Chevron - Gives us his thoughts on the new ORAP Analytics Portal
Rick Tomlinson, Turbine Fleet Reliability Engineer from Chevron Power and Energy Management, recently shared his thoughts with us on how his company is finding benefit from the new ORAP Analytics Portal.

Rick is quoted as saying, "The new ORAP Analytics Portal allows us to quickly look at our fleet in different ways using an intuitive and responsive interface.  The dashboards in this Portal have helped us to identify new strategies across our fleet that were not obvious when we were previously reviewing more traditional static reports."

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July 21
ORAP Parts-Trac Users Group 2016

Come see us in Charlotte!

Date: Wednesday, October 19, 2016 beginning at 2:00 PM - Thursday, October 20, 2016 at 5:00 PM (EDT) ​

Where: Charlotte, NC USA

Contact: Lynne Bellizzi (bellizzi@spsinc.com)

Details: We will be rolling out the new customer interface and functionality! - We hope you can join us!

If you want more information, please email Lynne at bellizzi@spsinc.com.

June 3
Save the Date! ORAP Users Group 2016

ORAP Users Group

Date: Tuesday, October 18 - 12:00pm on Wednesday, 19 October 2016
Where: Charlotte, NC USA
Contact: Lynne Bellizzi (bellizzi@spsinc.com)
Details: More to Follow

If you are an ORAP customer and have not received information from us about the users session, please email Lynne at bellizzi@spsinc.com to be included on the invitation list.

April 13
Asset Insight: Using Data & Analytics to Effectively Manage a Power Plant’s Capital Equipment - Sal DellaVilla Presents at the OSIsoft UC on behalf of our customer Kindle Energy

​Sal DellaVilla, CEO of SPS, recently presented at the OSIsoft Users Conference 2016 in San Francisco.  Sal presented on behalf of our customer Kindle Energy, who uses our ORAP Asset Insight Process to capture data automatically from all their sites.  They then use ORAP Asset Insight to transform the process data into actionable information that they can use within their business.


See Sal's full presentation here:  SPS YouTube Page

April 13
Utilizing PI Cloud Connect to Optimize the Collection and Transformation of Process Data for Power Plants - Bob Steele's Presentation at the OSIsoft UC 2016

Bob Steele, VP of Information Systems & Technology at SPS recently spoke at the OSIsoft Users Conference 2016.  Bob spoke about our partnership with OSIsoft and how it changed the way that we capture data from power plants.  Using OSIsoft's PI Cloud Connect technology, we are able to provide customers with a scalable, maintainable, infrastructure to capture process data from their control system and send that data securely to the SPS data center.​

Check out Bob's full presentation here:  SPS YouTube Page

March 29
Sal DellaVilla and Tom Christiansen to be featured on Day 1 of the OSIsoft Users Conference 2016

Sal DellaVilla, CEO of SPS and Tom Christiansen, SVP will be featured on Day 1 of the OSIsoft Users Conference 2016.  Sal and Tom will be speaking about our Connected Services Partnership with OSIsoft and how power plant owners and operators can leverage the PI System's real-time data capture expertise with SPS' data validation and transformation algorithms. ​

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