Yes, very exciting. Over the last decade SAP has invested heavily and innovated in getting closer to the physical asset. This innovation has manifested in two key areas, the Intelligent Asset Management (IAM) suite, and extending the traditional SAP On-Premise Plant Maintenance to the cloud.
The SAP cloud based capability, specifically the IAM suite, provides for the Asset Intelligence Network (AIN), Asset Strategy and Performance Management (ASPM), and Predictive Maintenance and Strategy (PdMS). These products manifest SAP’s APM (Asset Performance Management) solution set.
Additionally, AsInt Inc. has extended the IAM suite to address other Mechanical Integrity functions like RBI (Risk Based Inspection), IDMS (Inspection Data Management System), Thickness Monitoring (TM), and Turnaround Digital Wall Chart. Stay tuned, more to come from AsInt!
Great questions. What Mechanical, or Asset, Integrity Functions owner/users will utilize will vary dependent on the organization. However, below is quick list of functions that can be performed within the solution.
Asset Management (including systemization, circuitization, grouping, etc…)
Planning and Scheduling
Strategy Development and execution
RCM (Reliability Centered Maintenance)
FMEA (Failure Mode and Effect Analysis)
RCA (Root Cause Analysis) – Released in 2020
Risk Based Inspection (RBI)
Damage Mechanism Screening
IOW’s (Integrity Operating Windows)
MOC (Management of Change), requires SAP HSE.
Reporting, Data Analytics and Dashboards
Lots to discuss here, but it comes down to:
Removal of data silos – Consolidation of various data sources (EAM, RBI, IDMS, MOC, etc..) into a single data source.
Sustainability – SAP is a constant in most organizations, where silo’d point solutions are changed out every five years or so.
Scalability – Solution that scales to infinite asset families, thousands of partners in the ecosystems, multi-lingual, unit of measures, etc..
Pricing – Believe it or not, the SAP IAM (Intelligent Asset Management) plus the AsInt Apps, are roughly half the cost of competitors on the market.
The Future – SAP is investing heavily in the Asset Performance Management space, inclusive of Industry 4.0, Big Data, Augmented Reality, Artificial Intelligent, etc…You want to be on a platform that is investing heavy in these areas.
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