The R/3 Plant Maintenance (PM) application component provides with a comprehensive software solution for all maintenance activities that are performed within a company.
The openness of the R/3 System enables to use external systems that are integrated with the PM component, such as geographical information systems (GIS), computer-aided design (CAD) systems and supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems.
inspection, to measures and establish the actual condition of a technical system,
preventive maintenance to measures and maintain the ideal condition of a technical system,
repair to measures and restore the ideal condition of a technical system and other measures that need to be taken using the maintenance organization. SAP PM is closely integrated with other modules (for example, Materials Management, Production, Sales and Distribution, Personnel Management, and Controlling) the data is always kept current and processes that are necessary for Plant Maintenance and Customer Service are automatically triggered in other areas (for example, a purchase requisition for non-stock material in the Materials Management/Purchasing area).
Plant maintenance is an often-overlooked department of a plant or company where substantial savings and even earnings can be gained. When maintenance is managed properly, materials and labor can be used less in order to achieve cost savings, or more materials and labor can even be used in order to prevent costly breakdowns of equipment, possibly affecting production. Some of the maintenance philosophies that can help attain such efficiency and cost savings include Preventive Maintenance (PM), Total Productive Maintenance (TPM), and Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM). Maintenance philosophies will not be discussed to any depth in this book, since they are adequately covered elsewhere. However, an appropriate main- tenance philosophy coupled with a computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) such as SAP R/3 Plant Maintenance can attain significant cost savings and a more reliable production or process environment.