In 2004 after Baldwin county Alabama was struck by Hurricane Ivan. The Utilities Commission, City of New Smyrna Beach received a call from Baldwin EMC. Apparently, Baldwin used the AURSI system search function to locate a very specific porcelain bell insulator that most places had discontinued using. The search function indicated that the UCNSB once carried the item and now had it as surplus. UCNSB employees gladly packaged up five four feet by four feet crates and shipped them to Alabama. This exchange of resources proved invaluable in restoring the power in Baldwin in a timely manner. The Utilities Commission also benefited as these surplus items were sold at a reasonable price with a return on our investment. This surplus did not continue to take up space or worse wind up in a landfill.
The UCNSB uses the Search/Cross reference feature on an as needed basis. As we all know there are times when we have an item on order and the manufacturer just doesn’t make the promised lead-time. By inserting the manufacture’s part number in this feature we can perform a cross reference to identify municipalities in our area who are utilizing that particular item. The UCNSB has obtained items in this manner on several occasions. The availability of the Search/Cross Reference feature within AURSI has allowed the UC to successfully complete projects in a reasonable amount of time whereas, without it this would not have been possible.
Caleb Fisher, CPPB
Purchasing Agent, Utilities Commission, City of New Smyrna Beach
Office: (386) 424-3045
We had an emergency need for a 2-part splice, which we rarely use. The Mfg. lead time was 6-8 Wks. I was able to track both parts through AURSI to a Cooperative in Alaska and it ended up being a help for them, too… as it was a splice they no longer used. So we were able to get our much needed splice in a few days and they were able to get them out of their stock. This was a win-win situation that saved time and dollars to our cooperative.
Lisa Perryman, Purchasing Specialist
Sumter Electric Cooperative, Inc.
We depend heavily on Aursi for our material standards. It provides all districts and departments within our offices a reliable, standardized and up to date information source. While we have been very lucky in the last many years with skirting any emergency restoration, we are confident in Aursi being available at all hours to provide cross reference information for material stocked at our vendors for other coops. I have received calls from out of state utilities requesting to purchase emergency supplies from us that they had cross referenced on Aursi. All our major distributors are signed on with Aursi. This greatly increases our ability to access material stores in case of emergencies or storms not only with our distributors but with other utilities. We appreciate the ease of use with your system.
Sandy Brown, Purchasing Agent
Withlacoochee River Electric Coop
352-567-5133 x 6330
The Aursi system has been very helpful in searching for material approved at Clay Electric Cooperative that other utilities may stock in their inventory. We simply enter the manufactures catalog number and Aursi searches all utilities that stock this exact mfg. & cat#. When we are out of stock on an item and the lead times from our vendors are too long, the Aursi system is the first place I go to find another vendor who may be stocking this same item.
Tim Lewis, Buyer
Clay Electric Cooperative, Inc.
Two years ago, when we first started on our Hwy 70 feeder line, we needed several line post insulator with bracket, however most vendors stop caring the porcelain type insulator and had to wait 8 weeks for delivery from the manf. But with the Aursi program we were able to cross reference a company in Florida that had has some in surplus that we were able to get from them. Also, we were in need of 394.5 AAAC wire that factory delivery was 10 – 12 weeks, but once again, Aursi cross reference has help find another source of purchasing that material from a cooperative in Virginia.
Darryl Stith, Warehouse Manager
I have used AURSI for 2 years and found it to be a very efficient it is great to work with easy to update. I have found that I can find problems with quotes because of the great spread sheets this eliminates correcting problems later would recommend it to anyone who needs a great quote systems. I also think it would make a great inventory systems I work with a retired Microsoft employee he could not believe want a great system AURSI has he loves the systems .
Coy Stilwell, Utility Director, Caldwell Community College
The system has been helpful and a time saver in dealing with the Materials Standards side. It will only get better as we load more specifications.
Frank R. Holmes, PE
Division Chief of Transmission & Distribution
I especially like the feature on AURSI that allows me to view the customer’s stock number and get approved part numbers. Also it allows me to read any specs that go with it and view the picture of the item. I also value the bid tabs that some customers put on AURSI. And, of course, the AURSI system is a new and exciting way of doing bids for our customers.
David Littleton, CSR
HD Supply, Inc.
LCEC had been manually updating our Oracle inventory system and then manually updating the AURSI system. In a period of only 6 months, we found that we had missed quite a few updates in the AURSI system. Working with AURSI’s staff, we are now able to update the AURSI system from our Oracle system in one simple step. Utilizing the Oracle Discoverer Report, we can query our whole database, export the file into an Excel spreadsheet and send it to AURSI. Our last inventory update took minutes rather than hours to accomplish. Now we are routinely sending Excel spreadsheet updates to AURSI. Once again AURSI has provided a simple and accurate means of keeping our inventory system current. AURSI is an incredibly powerful tool and one I wouldn’t want to be without.
Lee County Electric Cooperative
Seriously, I like the ease with which I can pull up an item and print them a spec sheet with all the information including all approved manufacturers and their catalog numbers.
My material catalog is accessible no matter where I go provided there is an available internet connection.
City of Ocala – Engineering
I appreciate the ease of editing material items on AURSI. Also, I’m glad to be rid of the tiresome upkeep of the numerous paper Materials Standards books.
Senior Electrical Engineer
We are so please with our experience with the AURSI system. You immediately established our approved materials manual on line with little effort on our part. It has been very easy and effective for us to update our information quickly for use by our own employees as well as our suppliers. We are now using the event system regularly to quote our material. It is a quick and efficient method of bidding on-line. Our suppliers are getting the most current information available on the material we want along with any special criteria for each item requested. The continuing advances in your system seem to be designed especially with us in mind. Each update makes very efficient use of our time and efforts. We see great potential to further expand the exchange of information among other cooperatives and our suppliers.
We are looking forward to the next upgrades.
Withlacoochee River Electric Cooperative, Inc.
AURSI’s material manual is a great tool to search for material that is needed by other utilities. We had a situation with Sumter Electric Cooperative, Inc. (SECO) where SECO needed a particular type fuse and we were able to utilize the AURSI manual search to find the same fuse at Kissimmee Utility Authority (KUA). We picked the fuses up from KUA and delivered it to SECO the same day.
We have been able to use the AURSI System many times to help our customers out. Our number one priority is to satisfy our customers and the AURSI SYSTEM helps us to achieve this goal.
GRESCO Utility Supply, Inc.
You asked for some feedback on the process for updating our data in the AURSI system. So far, the process we have worked out is really easy and seems to be pretty flawless.
Attached are the instructions I follow every 2-4wks to send you our updates. The process takes me 5 minutes. Particularly helpful is the spreadsheet of changes I get as feedback from you. At a glance I can look at all the changes made to stock number, description, and approved manufacturer information since our last update. Thanks for automating that extra step.
As a brief aside, the other things I have found handy to improve the function of our information are the ease of adding a specific web link (catalog cut sheet) to items as I run across them, and the ability to add generic or specific pictures to each. I’m finding that our suppliers are looking there to get their information more, without calling me so much. I’m particularly looking forward to telling our non-member sales rep’s about their soon to be available ability to perform searches on our information. Then I’ll be able to send everyone to AURSI for “Who’s approve for what?” type questions.
Thanks in general for the quality system y’all are providing and for your timely responsiveness to our every inquiry.
AWG has experienced great success with AURSI, winning long-term contracts (FMPA) as well as small individual orders. Unlike other quoting systems, AURSI provides a link for suppliers to click and review prior awards for a specific line item, which in turn gives us the information we need to be more competitive. The system is simple to navigate, very straightforward. AURSI makes it easy to communicate directly with the buyer and there’s never a doubt about where or how to submit a bid.
Michael Dorfman, General Manager at American WIre Group
Miami/Fort Lauderdale Area
AURSI is a valuable tool great way to locate emergency items and send out bids.
Karen Bennett, Contracting & Procurement Supervisor at Sumter Electric Cooperative, Inc.
Orlando, Florida Area
AURSI is valuable for managing the supply chain and maintaining material standards.
Dane Hocott, CPSM, Services Division Manager at Magic Valley Electric Cooperative
McAllen, Texas Area
OUS was one of AURSI’s first customers. I have worked with this system for at least a decade. It has stream lined our bid and quote process and made that process more proficient. I use it for 100% of my purchasing duties for the electrical side of the utility and to maintain the standards for their equipment. I purchase everything from poleline hardware to tools and PPE equipment. It is a user friendly system and easy to learn how to navigate and the staff is very easy to work with.
Mary Ann St. Laurent, Utilities Warehouse Manager at Ocala Utility Services
Ocala, Florida Area
AURSI is a great tool for Ocala Utility Services. All of our material standards are in one place, making it easy to share with suppliers and with outside consultants doing our utility designs. The ability to see what other utilities are using is invaluable for our engineers looking to improve standards or solve a construction problem. Our Purchasing department regularly uses it for bids and quotes and it has greatly streamlined our processes. Their customer service is great and AURSI is always ready to solve our problems.
Michael Poucher, Director, Electric Utility at Ocala Utility Services
Ocala, Florida Area
AURSI has been an invaluable tool for our company. Purchasing can quickly and efficiently check approved manufacturers and send out mass quotes. Engineering can manage approved manufacturers, cross reference with other utilties, and manage bid specifications all in one location. We now have a tool to handle all of our material management. There is no telling how much time we have saved since we started using this product.
Christopher Bryan, P.E., Senior Engineer at Clay Electric Cooperative, Inc.
Jacksonville, Florida Area
For many years in my role as both a Senior Inventory Control Analyst and Supply Chain Manager for the Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC), AURSI was a valuable tool. Having our Materials Standards Manual online for easy access to our Standards Engineers, Purchasing Buyers and Suppliers kept us all on the same page. Being in Orlando, Florida with tropical storms, hurricanes, and the normal daily thunderstorms, locating / cross referencing emergency materials from other utilities had become simplified by using features within AURSI. Another AURSI feature we used was the online Surplus Property listings. We were very over stocked from battling three back to back hurricanes in 2004 and we had many years accumulation of obsolete inventory that we were able to advertise to the AURSI community. In fact, I received a call from John (or Chris) that a small AURSI Electric Utility member in Alaska was in critical need of some big fuses that we had tagged as obsolete in our online Materials Standards Manual,( not yet listed on the online Surplus Property). I asked how many and he responded two. I said I can send you fifty. We ended up shipping six as I remember and made a frantic Utility very happy. John Tingue and Chris Staggers were both only an e-mail and/or call away. They always responded to inquiries/requests quickly and accurately. I highly recommend any Utility to contact AURSI for a demo and adopt the use of this highly effective and powerful online tool.
Lonnie Dunn, Deputy Director of Public Works Services at City of Cape Canaveral
Melbourne, Florida Area
Aursi is a very important System that Our Utilities and Distributors use in their daily quotes and Projects to get quick response in their material and service needs . It provides both a scheduled material order or an important hitech project eqipment in a formal quick response bid list so that long time shipments can be managed timely . Over the pass 14 years , I have worked with Aursi Customers that depend on quick access to manage their equipment needs in securing on-time deliveries .
Cliff Butler, Utility Electrical Engineer at Patterson Power – ABB
Birmingham, Alabama Area
AURSI is a great tool to share specifications with customers, vendors, and other OUC employees.
Ric Dy-Liacco, Senior Project Coordinator at Orlando Utilities Commission
Orlando, Florida Area