Customer Story:

Oracle EBS Mobile Solution

with Nuclear Power Station

Company Profile

The nuclear power station is one of the largest of its kind in the United States, generating around 20 Terawatt hours (TW-h) of carbon-free clean energy each year for more than 2 million homes and businesses. A team of over 120 trained technicians handle ongoing maintenance at the nuclear power plant, relying on a custom Oracle Forms application to store inspection data.

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Challenges

Wasted time of highly-qualified personnel on paper work and unnecessary travel.

Data errors due to manual processes of hand-written reports.

Current system could not easily or cost-effectively be ported to mobile devices as the legacy system was written in Oracle Forms.

ROI

Increase in productive man-hours

Inspectors can access and enter information in the field.

Lowered operational costs

Significant reduction time spent on inspections & no need for training.

Enhanced equipment performance

and plant safety.

Business Need

To maintain the critical components of their nuclear energy plant, technicians needed to perform inspections and fill out “work packages” on-site.

Often, they had to leave the scene and return to the office to gather additional paperwork to complete the inspection. In addition, the hand-written reports left room for human error.

These delays were costing the company dearly – where at times, the process could take up to a few days.
Unfortunately, the maintenance system was developed in Oracle Forms – a technology that could not readily run on mobile devices.

The nuclear power station was looking for a cost-effective way to increase employee efficiency, eliminate transcription errors from hand-written reports and improve equipment and plant safety without a costly, risky migration project.

Solution

The IT department mobilized the existing Oracle Forms application without the need to migrate or change one line of code by using a unique, patented solution called AuraPlayer. The AuraPlayer technology simply modernized the familiar Oracle Forms application to mobile using a wizard-based solution to wrap the existing system as REST services with a jQuery mobile, HTML5 Front-End application.
The 120+ technicians now have access to work packages in the field when and where they need it most – with almost no training and at a minimal expense. The mobilization took only weeks to implement and cost a third less than the competitive off-the-shelf solution.

Client's Benefits

The rapid rollout saved the power plant millions of dollars and reduced its maintenance risk factors. Inspection teams now receive digital work packages while on-site and use the mobile interface to record data directly into the back-office legacy enterprise application. No longer must employees make multiple trips from the office to the inspection sites just to retrieve equipment maintenance data. No more inaccurate or incomplete inspection data.

Results

AuraPlayer ensures the mobile app and back-office application remain perfectly in sync. Now any workflow in the existing Oracle Forms system can be extended to mobile in a matter of days using the same framework and bring instant agility to the legacy inspection system.

AuraPlayer brings a new level of agility and mobility to back-office systems including Oracle Forms, EBS, PeopleSoft and JDE with low-risk, a flexible and automated solution without redevelopment.

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