Every plant operator and manager should take plant maintenance seriously to avoid unexpected down time, lost production and increased operational costs. Successful plant maintenance requires a regimen that ensures efficient and effective plant equipment optimization. SAP Plant Maintenance helps with this – and can assist with so much more.
Reasons for Plant Maintenance
There are three main reasons to perform plant maintenance:
Inspection: Identify the actual condition
The inspection is previously scheduled and establishes the actual condition of the system or equipment.
Repair: Restore to the optimal state
Repairs needed to the equipment after it was not able to perform its normal function. Once the machinery breaks down, the production department submits a request to the maintenance department to repair the equipment. The maintenance department investigates and makes the necessary repairs.
Preventative: Maintain current condition
Planned maintenance is scheduled to minimize the problems of breakdown maintenance. The process is used to locate weak spots in all equipment and provides regular inspection with minor repairs.
Plant Maintenance Objectives
Plant maintenance ensures that all machines are kept in optimal condition – without interruption. Continual support also makes sure that a plant’s equipment is always ready for use by minimizing unanticipated production interruptions from an undiscovered state.
The cost of a significant breakdown in your plant can be staggering. Therefore, plant maintenance helps avoid equipment breakdown and the loss of productivity.
Even more importantly, proper plant maintenance ensures safety to all work personnel.