Before exploring the SAP CMMS, let’s investigate what a CMMS system is.
CMMS stands for Computerised Maintenance Management System (aka CMMIS – Computerised Maintenance Management Information System).
A CMMS system is computer software designed to simplify asset maintenance management for businesses. Maintenance Management entails perfectly preserving all the resources and physical assets a company owns in order to ensure effective operations with minimum or no money wasted due to asset downtime.
CMMS is a term similar to Enterprise Asset Management (EAM). All the above are umbrella terms for the maintenance management of assets and equipment.
CMMS system performs maintenance management by giving businesses instantaneous insight into their maintenance needs – with comprehensive work order schedules, accurate inventory forecasts, and immediate access to crucial reports. CMMS simplifies maintenance management by empowering businesses with the tools needed to make more informed decisions.
The CMMS systems can be found in construction, manufacturing, transportation, oil and gas production as well as power generation and other industries characterised by the critical need for physical infrastructure. CMMS systems are used to optimise the deployment of and access to physical equipment like machinery, vehicles, plant infrastructures, and other physical assets.
CMMS database is the core of a CMMS system. The database organises information about the assets, equipment, and materials as well as the information about any other physical resources a maintenance organisation is maintaining. The CMMS database facilitates many functions of the CMMS system, enabling various aspects of the following:
- Work order management
- Resource and labour management
- Asset indexing
- Preventive maintenance
- Reporting, analysing, and auditing
- Materials and inventory management.
Work order management tends to be viewed as the main CMMS function. The main capabilities of work order management are:
- Automation of work order generation
- Reservation of materials and equipment
- Shift scheduling and assigning of employees, crews, etc.
- Reviewing statuses and tracking downtimes
- Keeping track of planned as well as actual costs
- The ability to attach associated documents, safety media, etc.
Does SAP have a CMMS system?
SAP offers industry-leading products and modules to suit businesses’ CMMS systems and maintenance management requirements.
SAP Plant Maintenance (SAP PM) module is at the core of SAP’s CMMS offering that manages all maintenance activities in an organisation. The module consists of activities that cover inspection, preventive maintenance, and repair to help restore and maintain the efficient condition of an enterprise’s technical system.
SAP provides real-time insights and predictive maintenance with SAP Intelligent Asset Management software.
How is SAP Plant Maintenance system used as a CMMS?
SAP Plant Maintenance is a CMMS Software that performs maintenance management by conducting three key activities:
- Inspection: Includes all measures which establish the actual condition of a technical system
- Preventive maintenance: Includes all measures which maintain the ideal condition of a technical system
- Repair: Includes all measures which restore the ideal condition of a technical system.
Through integration with other SAP modules, the maintenance data in the system is always kept current, and processes that are necessary for Plant Maintenance and Customer Service are automatically triggered in the appropriate areas.
How can we help you implement a CMMS system in SAP?
At On Device Solutions, we provide CMMS software implementation services by helping enterprises adopt the SAP Plant Maintenance module (and SAP IAM) to suit their maintenance management requirements.
In addition, On Device Solutions offers software add-ons to SAP, enabling the SAP PM module remote deployment on tablets and mobile phones. The latter vastly improves the convenience of software systems by giving maintenance managers access to the software directly from a factory floor or field or anywhere required.