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.
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 needs 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."