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SAP PM (Plant Maintenance)

Definition or Meaning - What is SAP PM?

Full form or SAP PM stands for (Plant Maintenance), an effective software based automation application that offers a wide range of solutions for streamlining all the plant maintenance tasks of an organization, goes a long way in integrating the related data and functions with the system’s natural process flow. This popular SAP tool offers practical help and is useful for automating the tasks on hand. The user friendly components of SAP PM make day-to-day processes easier and highlight certain untouched aspects that are usually done manually.

The provision of a healthy, safe and productive working environment for employees is one of the most important responsibilities of an organization. Tasks like regular checkups of tools and equipments; along with their trouble shooting, functioning, general clean up, monitoring and maintenance of all facilities, are considered to be the fundamental functions of plant maintenance. SAP is a suite of ERP software that is specifically designed to automate and support business processes and encompasses distribution, manufacturing and financials in large and medium sized businesses. These functions are all the more evident in the case of maintenance organizations where the SAP PM module integrates diverse orders, maintenance notifications, task lists and Work Clearance Management.

Important functions of the SAP PM Module

  • Preventative Maintenance: SAP PM plans and manages proactive/ scheduled maintenance procedures that are designed to predict and/ or prevent the breakdown of critical systems. These breakdowns can lead to large repair costs and lost production.
  • Problem Rectification: The module permits maintenance organizations to trace and rectify issues in any of the tools and equipment's under their control—regardless of whether the problems are caused due to deterioration over time or due to complete failure. SAP PM pinpoints the exact location of the problem and automatically generates a comprehensive maintenance order that includes engineering drawings, all necessary specifications and safety precautions. Proper detailing in this regard is a must as any negligence may lead to the halting of production, endangering of lives, or both.
  • Split-level Maintenance: The breaking down of plant maintenance into various levels—particularly at the planning and performance levels, is one of the primary advantages of the SAP PM module. Along with maintaining independents equipment like vehicles, it also takes care of several pieces of interdependent tools/ equipments in a production line; where maintenance tasks are performed at the “Functional Location”.
  • Other Benefits: In a nutshell, SAP PM allows plant maintenance tasks to be standardized across the enterprise and integrates them with other functions. In the process, it creates structured information; reduces reliance on standalone computer systems and paper-based systems; reduces the maintenance costs of critical systems; and offers better control of manpower, resources and overall maintenance costs. Along with promoting the ownership of maintenance data, it also monitors and improves the performance measures in regards to plant maintenance.

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