Today’s plant operators and managers are tasked with a multitude of challenges, any of which—if not handled carefully—could lead to downtime, lost production, and/or higher operational costs.
To reliably mitigate these risks and keep your plant running smoothly, you need to implement a solution that provides efficiency and scalability. A solution like SAP Plant Maintenance (PM).
SAP PM is designed to help tackle the challenges faced by modern plant managers and operators by helping to drive effective plant equipment optimization. In this article, we’ll cover the core components of SAP PM, who in your organization will benefit from it, and how to get started with it.
Let’s dive in.
What is SAP Plant Maintenance?
The SAP PM application component is a tool that ensures all maintenance activities are performed. It’s closely integrated with other SAP modules like Materials Management (MM), Quality Management (QM), Production Planning (PP), Sales and Distribution (SD), Finance (FI), Controlling (CO), and Human Resources (HR).
With SAP PM, you can automate repairs and facilitate maintenance requests. The module also allows you to document, identify, manage issues with, and perform asset management for any required asset, streamlining the whole process.
SAP PM comes with three submodules to help perform these activities:
- Planning of maintenance tasks
- Managing technical objects and equipment master record
- Managing workflow notifications and work orders under maintenance order management
Even better, thanks to SAP PM’s integration with other SAP modules, the data in the module is kept current and will trigger processes in other functions when required. Additionally, you can use SAP Plant Maintenance to record problems, plan labor and material activities, and record and settle costs.
Core Components of SAP Plant Maintenance
SAP PM comprises three main components that help companies maintain their systems or equipment: Inspection, Preventive Maintenance, and Repair. Here’s what each one offers for customers:
The Inspection submodule establishes the current condition of the system or equipment. By conducting constant inspections for machinery and other business assets, companies can assess the condition of each component, facilitate preventative care activities, and avoid machinery collapse and downtime.
The Preventive Maintenance submodule helps maintain high availability for the system or equipment. It includes work scheduling activities and maintenance planning for technical objects to ensure an essential piece of equipment isn’t down right when you need it most.
As the name suggests, the Repair submodule involves everything needed to restore the system or equipment to its ideal condition.
Proactively, you can use this submodule to create purchase requisitions and work orders to reduce downtime and take action in planning stages such as work scheduling, resource planning, and initial costing. But if a sudden need arises, you can also respond immediately to an event by shutting down production.
Who Benefits from SAP Plant Maintenance?
While every client and system is different, we find four typical groups of users benefit most from SAP PM: Maintenance and Operations Managers, Maintenance Personnel and Technicians, Production Line Workers and Equipment Workers, and Purchasing Departments.
Maintenance and Operations Managers
Maintenance and operations managers can use SAP PM to gain information on equipment performance or maintenance requests. The module can simplify maintenance decision-making by providing reports on planned, in-process, or completed work. Management can also use it to budget for equipment replacement with up-to-date maintenance history and relative cost data.
Maintenance Personnel and Technicians
SAP PM helps maintenance personnel and technicians to improve processes and efficiency overall. And by ensuring more accurate plant data and efficient maintenance tasks, organizations can improve trust and increase customer satisfaction in the long run.
Production Line Workers and Equipment Users
Production line workers and equipment users can use SAP PM to quickly and effectively manage maintenance tasks and issues so that production is unaffected.
Purchasing departments can use SAP PM to purchase spare parts and services needed for maintenance work before they become an issue.
Getting Started with SAP Plant Maintenance
Every business with a manufacturing operation requires maintenance tools to keep production operating efficiently. SAP PM is a comprehensive solution for all maintenance activities, and it supports preventative or risk-based maintenance and provides outage planning and work order management.
Getting started with SAP PM and ensuring it integrates with all of the other complementary SAP modules can be a challenge, but it’s not one you have to take on alone.
For more information about the modules included in the SAP landscape, click here.
How Can We Help?
Get the most out of your SAP investment by teaming up with experts who can design a solution that works for your specific business needs. Our implementation experts and dedicated SAP Plant Maintenance consultants can help you implement the solution seamlessly.
And, we’ve included a sample profile of one of our SAP PM consultants to help you know what to expect when partnering with us:
Surety Senior SAP Plant Maintenance Consultant
- US Citizen
- 25+ years of SAP Plant Maintenance experience
- Strong configuration experience; Good with integration points into other modules
- Excels with MPS, MRO, Order Types, and BOMs
- Completed 15 SAP PM Full Life Cycle Implementations
- Well-versed in SAP S/4HANA
Interested in learning more about SAP Plant Maintenance or where our team of SAP consultants (like this one) can help facilitate more efficient plant, quality, and materials management operations?