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01 July 2010

Key management innovator Traka has helped power company Scottish and Southern to underline its rigorous safety practices with the installation of Traka’s electronic key cabinets.

Scottish and Southern is the second largest energy supplier in the UK, providing electricity and gas to 8.45 million customers. Its Fiddlers Ferry power station has been recognised by the British Safety Council for its high safety standards. Nevertheless, the company was keen to improve on this with a properly controlled key management system and commissioned Traka to provide it.
Two Traka L Series cabinets have been installed at Fiddlers Ferry, each capable of holding up to 180 keys. Previously, the various teams at the power station were unable to track key usage and there was little accountability for individual key users – resulting in lost or missing keys. The Traka system now stores keys for a range of high value or restricted access machinery and equipment such as forklift and electric trucks; lathes, mills and grinders; lifts, cranes and hoists, as well as other specialist tools and equipment.

The system enables keys to be issued at any time with full audit control, tracking against user licence validity and competence.

The ease of use of the Traka system means that new opportunities to implement it are regularly identified throughout the power station. Access to the cabinets has been integrated with the station’s existing identity swipe cards and access limits are set on the database, based on individual requirements, competence and ability. The site’s stores team also uses Traka to manage the issue of loan tools and portable appliances.  All equipment is fully tested on a six-monthly cycle and the Traka system’s lock-out facility prevents access to equipment when testing is due.
“Safety is paramount in an operation like this,” says Steve Cash, Outage Coordinator and Station Safety Rep. “You can have as many awards and certificates on the wall as you like, but unless you can back them up in practice, it means nothing. The Traka system enables our safety processes to be rigorously put into practice.”  
“With two teams – our full time staff and a contractor team – it is vital that we ensure full compliance,” adds Steve Cash. “Before, we relied on an honesty system which was not totally controlled. It is amazing how quickly keys get returned now when users know they are both accountable and traceable.”  
“The more you want Traka to do, the more it can do for you, you are only limited by your imagination” comments Steve “. The success of the first two Traka systems at Fiddlers Ferry has led to a third being ordered for the power station’s Coal Plant and an additional system is being considered for the maintenance building. The company is also looking to install a Traka system to manage access to the Switch Rooms where dual authorisation is required.”

So impressed was the Turbine Team at Fiddlers Ferry that Traka was nominated for the highly acclaimed Brian Ardern safety award. The Traka customer account team has been singled out as ‘outstanding’ and the professionalism of the organisation as a whole has been praised by Scottish and Southern.

The Traka system is used extensively in the UK and around the world, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The company continues to develop the system as new improvements and technologies arise. Traka is used in many different market sectors, among them Distribution and MHE Management; Fleet Management; Property Access Control (in prisons, utilities, hospitals and schools); Casinos; Petrochemical and Mining; Airports, Docks and Railways and Military and Emergency Services.

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