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The day in the life of a Maintenance strategist often revolves around achieving KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) that would continuously enhance Overall equipment effectiveness to maximize business efficiency. Maintenance strategists often formulate an effective maintenance strategy with facts and evidence that would ensure optimal results in terms of repair cost, maintenance cost & equipment performance.


In this blog, we will discuss how SAP S/4HANA cloud helps to accurately formulate the most economic predictive maintenance strategy based on selective SAP Fiori app features demonstrated through video content for enterprises to achieve maintenance excellence with a step-by-step approach.


Also, it is highly important to understand the capabilities of SAP Asset Performance Management, which uplifts asset management to the next level and fulfills customer's strategic needs on maintenance at first place.


Identify Critical Assets for Proactive Maintenance

As enterprises focus on an economical maintenance strategy, it is not possible to do proactive maintenance for all the systems and components in a plant. Hence, we need to precisely identify critical systems, potential sources of failures, and cost of maintenance based on a combination of historical facts and the knowledge and experience of engineers and operators.

This is where SAP Embedded analytical apps play a critical role in identifying the right system for proactive maintenance. Let us look sequentially and see how SAP Embedded analytical apps help Maintenance Strategists to formulate an optimized strategy.


Evaluate the Historical performance of assets 

Historic asset performance data plays a crucial role in developing effective maintenance strategies. It enables maintenance teams to identify patterns, benchmark performance, and make informed decisions.


SAP Fiori app Technical Object Breakdown would be a single source of information across the enterprise, to perform historical analysis of breakdown at distinct levels, i.e., across the plant and specific to an object, also from components, and subsystems to equipment. It can analyze the causes of a particular breakdown more closely and calculate the distribution KPIs such as Time to Repair, Time Between repair, Mean Time to Repair, and Mean Time Between Repair.


Analyzing the Failure root cause 


Failure root cause analysis is critical to maintenance strategy as it helps identify the underlying issues that lead to failures.


SAP Fiori Technical Object Damage app is a predefined analytical app, configurable to enable maintenance planners and technicians to analyze, track and report damage incidents related to components, systems, and equipment specific to Plants. With this app, you can see which damages occur frequently and find the systems and components that cause them. You could apply various Filter criteria, such as Maintenance Plant, Object Type, Construction Type, and Catalog Profile to narrow down the damage search specific to the condition. You could drill down to various dimensions, such as maintenance notification, and report aggregated information about the repair work performed to review the technical objects' reliability. Technical Object Damage app allows organizations to adopt a data-driven approach to the historical damages associated with the root cause of failure across Plant and equipment, hence enabling organizations to maximize overall equipment effectiveness.


Perform Maintenance Cost Analysis


Cost of maintenance is an important aspect of the enterprise function and imagine how a Maintenance strategist could easily identify the hotspots on maintenance spending for the whole plant. SAP S/4HANA offers an Actual Maintenance Cost Analysis app that provides real-time analysis of costs and consumption of material for maintenance operations, enabling users to make timely decisions. It enables users to analyze the actual costs for materials and labor in maintenance or to compare the total corrective and preventive maintenance costs during a selected time period. It also helps to identify the maintenance activities leading to the highest costs or the parts of the asset that were particularly costly on inspections. Users can compare and analyze planned vs actual maintenance costs based on real-time data. This is all achieved by presenting business operations and business analytics in one dashboard.



Assess Risk & Criticality of Assets


Risk and criticality assessment is a process of evaluating the probability and consequence of failure for assets based on predefined risk evaluation templates. 


With SAP APM (Asset Performance Management), you can easily identify risks and their dependencies, allowing you to take corrective action before any costly impacts occur. SAP APM can help you create dynamic models of risk and its impact on the overall organization, giving you a bird’s eye view of any existing risks associated with environment, safety, and production. SAP APM defines a risk matrix that reflects the organization’s risk strategy and standardizes how risk is calculated and communicated. You would perform a risk and criticality assessment for a technical object by answering the predefined questions in the template and calculating the risk score and criticality value for each impact. SAP APM helps to identify which assets are most critical and represent the highest risk for the business goals.


Closed Loop Asset Strategy and Execution

To reach an optimal maintenance program, a closed loop integration between Asset Strategy and Maintenance execution is paramount. SAP intend to realize the strategy by building a bi-directional tighter integration between Asset Performance Management solution and Enterprise Asset Management solution.

SAP Asset Performance Management nicely complements the SAP Enterprise Asset Management solutions with dedicated capabilities for strategy management, methodologies, IoT connectivity and machine learning for example to determine the machine health or the remaining useful life for a specific equipment.

The combined capabilities of SAP S/4HANA Asset Management and SAP Asset Performance Management would play a vital role than the capabilities of individual solutions. We will enable full integration for all process steps along the closed loop going forward.

Pls refer the blog post Converge Asset Strategy and Execution with SAP Asset Performance Management for more details.


Establish and Execute Operational Plans 


Efficient maintenance planning is crucial for organizations to ensure the smooth operation of their assets and equipment. SAP Fiori App, Manage Maintenance Plans offers a comprehensive solution to optimize maintenance planning processes. This Fiori App simplifies the complex task of maintenance planning by providing a user-friendly interface. With intuitive navigation and easy-to-use features, users can quickly create, edit, and manage maintenance plans with minimal effort. The app allows users to define maintenance schedules based on time-based or usage-based triggers, ensuring that maintenance tasks are performed at the right intervals.





In summary, SAP's proactive maintenance solutions provide organizations with the tools and insights needed to prevent equipment failures, optimize asset performance, and reduce maintenance costs. By leveraging SAP Fiori apps such as Technical object Breakdown, Technical Object Damages, Actual Maintenance Cost Analysis & Manage Maintenance plan, businesses can transition from a reactive to a proactive maintenance approach, resulting in enhanced efficiency, improved asset life, and a competitive edge in the market.


SAP offers end-to-end solutions with unified Fiori coverage across systems, from SAP S/4HANA integrated with SAP Asset Performance Management to realize closed-loop strategy and execution.