In 2016, the Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) decided to add a biosolids dryer facility (BDF) to the municipal water and sewage treatment plant for the City of Detroit. They contracted with the New England Fertilizer Company (NEFCO) to design, build and operate the BDF, which treats sludge and reduces wastewater solids volume through dewatering. To ensure proper operation and maintenance of the assets, NEFCO wanted to upgrade the existing computerized maintenance management software system (CMMS).
They needed a CMMS that would be compatible with the existing GLWA system and one that could grow with changing requirements. In addition, the system needed to provide preventive maintenance scheduling capabilities, offer tracking functions and incorporate a coded identification system for inventory purposes.
NEFCO used detailed research and team input to find the right CMMS system. One challenge was selecting a CMMS that could handle and adapt to six different plants since NEFCO planned to standardize and optimize operations at several legacy plants.
After receiving input from key legacy plant personnel and other stakeholders, the CMMS was chosen and NEFCO worked with the provider to gain online and onsite training.
Plant managers immediately took advantage of the new eMaint CMMS features once the CMMS became operational. It allows them to track key business metrics, comply with environmental standards and ensure work is completed on time.
Read the full case study to learn how the CMMS has ultimately reduced operational costs.