City Utilities of Springfield automates scheduling and callout at power plants

Source: ARCOS LLC

ARCOS® LLC has implemented its Software-as-a-Service  ARCOS® Callout and Scheduling solution at Missouri-based City Utilities of Springfield’s John Twitty Energy Center, James River Power Station, Noble Hill Landfill Renewable Energy Center and McCartney Generation Station to automate the forecasting, planning and call out of electrical, mechanical and operations personnel. The four plants (a mix of coal-fired and gas turbines) produce nearly 800 MW of power.

 

Columbus, Ohio ARCOS® LLC has implemented its Software-as-a-Service  ARCOS® Callout and Scheduling solution at Missouri-based City Utilities of Springfield’s John Twitty Energy Center, James River Power Station, Noble Hill Landfill Renewable Energy Center and McCartney Generation Station to automate the forecasting, planning and call out of electrical, mechanical and operations personnel. The four plants (a mix of coal-fired and gas turbines) produce nearly 800 MW of power.

The ARCOS solution standardizes the way utilities respond, restore and report, while taking into account bargaining unit agreements, so shift supervisors can automatically fill and re-arrange schedules as conditions warrant. City Utilities of Springfield (CU) has used the ARCOS Callout and Scheduling solution for its electric transmission and distribution workers since 2008. Due to the success of ARCOS for CU’s electric T&D operations, CU generation station managers bought the solution to help the four plants, which employ almost 120 workers – 70 of whom belong to IBEW Local 753 – meet staffing levels for emergency work, job continuation, and unloading coal trains. The ARCOS solution will serve as the labor system of record for the James Twitty Energy Center, which is where CU’s workers report before supervisors dispatch them to the other generation stations.

Before implementing ARCOS, it could take CU supervisors up to an hour to find an electrician to rack out a breaker and then locate a mechanic and support staff to perform repairs. While a supervisor was manually dialing workers for emergent work, he couldn’t address other problems that required his presence. 

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