EXPLORING SAP AND PLANT MAINTENANCE
Plant Maintenance Background
Plant maintenance is an often over looked 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 here,since they are adequately covered elsewhere. However, an appropriate maintenance 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.