When it comes to managing a solar photovoltaic (PV) farm, there are a lot of factors to consider. From maintenance and repairs to managing assets and optimizing performance, it can be a complex undertaking. Fortunately, there are tools available that can help streamline these processes and improve operational efficiency. One such tool is a Computerized Maintenance Management Software system (CMMS) with a mobile version for your solar power farms.
CMMS / Tech Database
No other element of the technical database provides as much value to planning as an accurate bill of materials. Bills of material are a list of parts that are used on the equipment. When developing BOMs, focus on parts used for routine maintenance, repair, and operation of the equipment. Individual parts should contain a minimum amount of information including: a consistent and organized name, manufacturer and their item number, price, lead time, and quantity needed for the equipment.
The new expectations from O&M teams require a more conscious approach to the tools in their armory, starting with process digitization to improve operational transparency for all stakeholders. This translates to smoother records, communication, and eliminates guesswork when it comes to data.
The consistent use of accurate engineering standards represents a huge opportunity to simplify the planning process. Engineering standards cover a wide range of topics from design to operation and maintenance activities. Many already exist and are commonly used across industries. Plant-specific standards take an initial time investment to create, but once written can be reliably used to speed up the planning effort, provide clear instructions to work crews, and help standardize critical and frequent activities.
A CMMS can be used in a variety of industries, including manufacturing, facilities management, healthcare, and transportation, to name a few. By using a CMMS, organizations can save time and resources by automating many manual tasks, improving communication between maintenance teams, and providing a centralized repository of information. This can lead to improved equipment availability, reduced maintenance costs, and increased efficiency.
There are three best practices that will allow equipment drawings, manuals, and pictures to enable high quality planning and scheduling. Focus on keeping the documents accurate, accessible, and applied.
Clear labeling of equipment numbers in the field is a quick way to improve many aspects of your work management processes. Some benefits of field labeling equipment include: better work identification, less risk of lockout/tagout mistakes, faster troubleshooting of process upsets, and more efficient preventative maintenance routes.
Equipment hierarchy is the foundation on which the technical database is built. Since the technical database is a key element in allowing efficient planning and scheduling, the equipment hierarchy is a building block of the entire work management system. Nearly every business unit from accounting to purchasing and from operations to maintenance will benefit from a well-organized and complete equipment hierarchy.
We think that providing a mobile solution to our field staff will help them in some way. Whether it be for them to become more efficient or to communicate better, we have the idea that adding a tablet to their toolbox is a good thing. It certainly can be, but how does this new tool fit into their daily pattern of work?