The Eastern Specialty Company (TESCO): Designing, Building and Managing Reliable Field Service Solutions
To address such challenges, a firm from Bristol, Pennsylvania, The Eastern Specialty Company (TESCO) offers software for field service management specifically designed for installation, testing, and repairs of metering equipment. TESCO has worked exclusively in the metering field since 1904, and their field service software is the latest addition to their wide portfolio of hardware and software for metering applications.
“Often, when implementing ERP systems, utilities initially assume that they should use a single tool for all field work. Later, they discover that you should always use the right tool for the job, while integrating with enterprise systems.” states Kevin Tory, the COO of TESCO Software. TESCO’s field service software is specifically designed for metering, and has the built-in intelligence to assist the technician in the field, ensuring proper safety practices and ensuring the equipment is configured and operating correctly, and that the customer is billed correctly.
The success story of one of its clients exemplifies TESCO's unique value proposition. The utility was replacing all of their meters with smart meters.
While most of the utility’s five million customers had simple self-contained meters, about 125,000 customers had more complex equipment, utilizing current transformers. These installations, representing the largest commercial and industrial customers, while only 2.5% of the total customer base, were responsible for 40% of the electricity usagefor the utility. The utility wanted to verify what exact equipment was present at each of these sites, test everything to make sure that it was operating correctly, and make sure that any data corrections were propagated to all systems.
Often, when implementing ERP systems, utilities initially assume that they should use a single tool for all field work. Later, they discover that you should always use the right tool for the job, while integrating with enterprise systems
TESCO provided the work management system, which was implemented in less than six months, and was in production in time for the meter deployment effort. The system not only provided the basic routing, scheduling, and dispatch functions you would expect from a work management system, but provided detailed work instructions, captured the results of tests done, and analyzed the results before the technician left the job site. The project started on time, finished early and under budget, and the system detected many billing errors, some due to defective equipment, some due to incorrect information in the billing systems. The increased revenue in a year from correcting these errors exceeded the entire cost of the software. Additionally, all of the utility’s IT systems were updated with the correct information about the exact equipment at each location.
Since TESCO was established more than a century ago, it has been driven by its customers. Company representatives visit almost every customer multiple times every year, soliciting feedback. The annual TESCO Users Conference brings its customers together to share best practices, and to brainstorm suggestions for improvements and new products. With offices in three countries and customers world-wide, TESCO is an industry leader that continues to innovate.