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February 26, 2010

Centralia City Light chooses MAPCON for its Maintenance Software

Centralia City Light produces electricity for the city of Centralia, located in Washington state about half-way between Portland and Seattle. They recently installed MAPCON Professional, the premier maintenance management software, to help them keep the equipment running so customers don't lose power due to repairs.

Not surprisingly, their biggest concern is the huge trees that grow in the Pacific Northwest. Heavy winds can knock them over, and power lines get taken down. Although they can't do anything about mother nature, they can ensure their huge generators remain operational and MAPCON Pro preventive maintenance software will help them do that.

The generators are located at the Yelm Hydro Plant about 45 miles from Centralia. The Nisqually river supplies the power via a 9-mile canal, and their dam and gate system help harness nature"s energy. With over 3,000 street lights to maintain, it's a big job to monitor the generation of electricity, transmission lines, and the distribution system. Built in 1929, the power plant can currently generate 12 megawatts of power.

They didn"t have a computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) in place before MAPCON Pro. In fact, there were no formal equipment numbers identifying the equipment. With the help of Mapcon Technologies" implementation specialist, they developed a numbering schema for the equipment and have already started creating preventive maintenance (PM) procedures. They are well on their way to being able to track the repair history on the equipment.

We welcome Centralia City Light to the Mapcon Technologies Family!


Chris Kane

About the Author – Chris Kane

Chris Kane is a management consultant and former business owner with broad experience in marketing and sales in service industries. He is also a former U.S. Army infantry officer and avid outdoorsman, including rock climbing and motorcycle riding.

Since 2008, Chris has been involved in web consultation for one of the original and most innovative Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS) software development firms in the industry. He especially understands how best to articulate the purpose and uses of CMMS software for potential end users across the globe. Kane appreciates and smoothly details the compelling financial and customer satisfaction advantages of CMMS software as do few others in the maintenance management field.

Filed under: Centralia City Light, MAPCON, Maintenance Software — Chris Kane on February 26, 2010