Conestoga Ethanol Arkalon, located in Liberal, Kansas, has been in operation since 2007, and has the capacity to produce an astounding 110
million gallons of ethanol per year. The plant was founded by farmers and businessmen who recognized the potential of ethanol.
In order to keep the plant up and running, it was important that they had a robust Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS), which is why they have been a MAPCON CMMS customer since the plant first opened.
While Conestoga uses MAPCON for a myriad of tasks, perhaps no other use is as important as plant shutdown planning and execution. Plant shutdowns are one of the most critical times in plant operation.
During a shutdown, all machinery is powered down for a period of time, usually a few days, while maintenance repairs, replacements, and inspections are done. Since all operations cease during this time, it is important that tasks are planned ahead of time and completed in a timely manner.
Machine downtime can be costly. It is critical that everything gets done as safely and efficiently as possible.