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July 31
SPS Featured in Turbomachinery International Article Titled "Transforming Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO)."

Sal DellaVilla, CEO of SPS, was quoted in the recent Turbomachinery International article titled Transforming Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO). Sal was quoted as saying "We are in a new world of big data and analytics. Owner operators demand efficiency, flexibility, durability, environmental friendliness and reliability from OEMs." He observed that each OEM has a different standard on how to test and validate machines. And the standard is changing in the face of digitization and new modes of plant operation. In the past, perhaps 100,000 hours were needed for a turbine design to be fully validated in the field. Some now promote 8,000 as being enough. He stressed that digitization is nothing new. Data and analytical tools have always been in use. But now the pace is accelerating. We can look at assets in near real time in detail to see what is really going on.

Check out the link below and scroll down to the turbine icon under "Analysis and Optimization" to read about it!

https://www.turbomachinerymag.com/transforming-maintenance-repair-and-overhaul-mro/

April 20
Missed Tom's Presentation During the OSIsoft Webinar? - Register Here to Watch it On Demand

Enabling Your Community to Increase Efficiencies Webinar with OSIsoft

If you weren't able to attend Tom Christiansen's presentation during the OSIsoft Webinar last week, you can watch it On Demand by clicking Here.

Hear how SPS collects data from multiple power generation companies then analyzes this data for industry-wide performance benchmarking and new levels of efficiencies.  Go beyond the enterprise with cloud technology and analytics to provide new operational insights.



April 2
Enabling Your Community to Increase Efficiencies - SPS and OSIsoft Webinar

Join SPS and OSIsoft for a webinar on 12 April 2018 ​to learn more about the ORAP community and how you can leverage the experiences and insights you gain in ORAP to increase effeciencies at your plant!


March 12
Case Study - Tracking High Cost Capital Parts to Enhance Plant Resale Value

​This ORAP Case Study looks at a merchant combined cycle F class power station in the Southeast US that was recently sold. The selling merchant generator kept poor records on the hot gas path parts, so these parts were assumed to be scrapped at the next inspection and added no value in the sale. The purchasing organization recognized the potential to maximize the value of their own capital parts moving forward and sought to install a parts tracking solution soon after the transaction was completed.

The purchasing organization utilized SPS' ORAP Parts-Trac tool to help them do that.

Tracking High Cost Capital Parts to Enhance Plant Resale Value.pdf

January 3
Automating Power Plant Data - ORAP Asset Insight - Experience Update

Welcome to 2018!

We have been working hard with many of you throughout 2017 to streamline your data reporting needs, we are happy to say that we now have 27 sites & 123 units using ORAP Asset Insight!!!

We are collecting data on Heavy Duty Gas Turbines, Aeroderivative Gas Turbines, and Steam Turbines from all of the major Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs).

Let us know if you want to learn more about how we can help!  


November 16
The NEW ORAP PDF Reports are Arriving Soon!

ORAP Customers: The new ORAP® PDF quarterly reports should be making their way to your Inbox soon!  Let us know how you like them, email us using our web form by clicking the icon below.

July 12
New SPS Immersion Video - Reporting to ORAP Starts with Your Plant Arrangement and Technology Selection

A new video has just been posted to the SPS Immersion YouTube page!  This video​ is an introduction to the ORAP RAM data entry process, and is focused on explaining how variations in Plant Arrangements and Technologies affect the RAM data required by ORAP.  Make sure you come take a look here https://youtu.be/OrHS3Wl-mMU

Stay Tuned for More to Come!



May 23
Case Study - Using ORAP to Support Wholesale Market Offer

ORAP is more than just a reliability benchmarking system.  We are here to help you with all of your data reporting needs.

The Case Study below describes how SPS worked with one of our long time ORAP participating power plants, to help support them with an offer into a US capacity market. 

Case Study - Using ORAP to Support Wholesale Market Offer RevC.pdf

May 15
NEW ORAP PDF Reports - Coming Soon

The Quarterly ORAP PDF Reports that participants receive from SPS are being updated.  Attached is a sample mock-up of what the new PDF output will look like when it is delivered in the 3rd Quarter of 2017.  Please note that this is a mock-up, the format and look-and-feel could change, but the content will remain essentially the same.

To all ORAP participants - let us know what you think. 

To those who don't participate in ORAP, email us at inquiries@spsinc.com to learn how you can get access to this data!

ORAP Customer Quarterly Report Mock Up (May2017).pdf

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. 

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