In 1907 Milton Hershey, the chocolate philanthropist, founded the Hershey Park picnic and pleasure grounds. Over 100 years later HERSHEYPARK has become a first class entertainment facility, with over 60 rides and attractions including 10 roller coasters.
During operational days at the Park, every ride undergoes a thorough ride inspection using individual ride inspection checklists. Until recently, these check lists were paper based. The Park maintenance management and Information Technology teams worked closely with CHAMPS to develop an inspection system that moves all the check lists and ride inspection status to mobile devices.
Most of the Park’s roller coasters do not operate during Christmas Candylane, so the cars are removed from the tracks after Hersheypark in the Dark. The remaining rides are removed from the Park throughout January and inspected at the Service Center. Even the Park Trams are moved inside the building so that mechanics can perform a detailed inspection.
Hershey Park also has been using CHAMPS CMMS extensively when the Park is closed for the winter season, January through the opening of Springtime in the Park. During this period, rides, including water-based rides and attractions are disassembled and worn parts are repaired or replaced, as needed.
Many of the nuts, bolts, screws and hardware are replaced on each of the Park’s more than 70 rides. The Park Maintenance Team is divided into groups so rides are cared for by many of the same dedicated team of Mechanics year after year.
As the days turn warmer and Springtime in the Park is approaching, the rides are returned to the operating locations. Approximately 200 Maintenance personnel are involved with 120,000 man-hours accumulated to open the Park each spring. CHAMPS plays a critical role in ensuring timely inspection, repairs and maintenance of the rides at HersheyPark.