SAP’s asset management functionality is very well developed to support reliability programs. With the correct configuration and data setup, effective work processes and equipment history can be accessed from SAP to evaluate past events and cost. It also supports the management of predictive and preventive programs to plan and execute maintenance and technical inspections, condition monitoring, parts replacement and equipment / control loop calibrations.
Many reliability programs are managed from spreadsheets and 3rd party software. As a result, information is scattered, disjointed and disconnected from the SAP equipment history. This makes work management and collective evaluation of equipment history challenging.
One of the most important parts of any improvement program is to have access to reliable data. It is not possible to derive accurate conclusions from flawed and incomplete data sets. Therefore, it makes sense to maximize the functionality available within SAP to ensure full history accumulation, rather than deploying additional database solutions.
All your inspections can be managed by creating maintenance plans in SAP PM.
Preventive actions such as time- or condition-based maintenance can be run in SAP using maintenance plans.
There are many advantages to planning within SAP. Significant savings in planning efforts are realized by using task lists, and bills of material to create standard job plans for both repair and preventive activities.
SAP has built-in functionality that can be harnessed to schedule maintenance work. SAP also offers SAP MRS (Multi-Resource Scheduling) that allows for the graphical scheduling of maintenance tasks.
Most companies haven’t fully realized the potential of SAP’s Plant Maintenance module. Instead of seeking 3rd party solutions to fill the gaps in maintenance work management, it makes sense to verify if SAP can be set up to handle the tasks. This way the data stays within SAP, which simplifies reporting and compliance monitoring.