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Using our MOBILE MAINTENANCE solution enables companies which use SAP ERP and its PM-module to make their maintenance and repair processes more efficient. This allows them to significantly increase the availability of their assets and to sustainably lower costs.
The application, which is installed on a PDA, ensures a smooth flow of information from maintenance technicians on site over the maintenance locations directly into the SAP ERP system. This increases the data quality and all maintenance work is fully documented in a comprehensible way. This makes it possible to detect errors or problems early and eliminate them right away.
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One of the main challenges when implementing a maintenance strategy is the gapless entry of technical information and the continuous confirmation of qualified results. Many companies are still backlogged at this point, however. Maintenance orders with all the required data and information have previously been saved in a CMMS (Computerized Maintenance Management System), such as SAP PM. They were printed out and processed by the technicians. When the work was complete, the technician manually entered the results into the ERP system. This largely manual management process was laborious, time-consuming and also quite prone to error due to the large number of media breaks.
It is precisely this gap which is filled by the MOBILE MAINTENANCE add-on from T.CON, which is fully integrated in SAP ERP. With MOBILE MAINTENANCE, technicians can enter data on site at the maintenance locations in a qualified way and transfer it to SAP ERP. They can also retrieve any required data directly from the ERP backend. Using a PDA, technicians identify the maintenance positions precisely through wireless RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) scanners and enter the maintenance data directly at its location of origin, the machines and assets.
This data, for example the confirmations of performed maintenance activities, damage notifications, measurements or repair processes, is automatically transferred to SAP ERP and booked immediately there. Another decisive advantage of the mobile application is its offline operating capability. Should the radio coverage prove to be insufficient at the shop floor, the entered inspection and repair data is simply stored in the PDA temporarily and then transferred to the ERP backend as soon as the network connection is available again.
Last, but not least, MOBILE MAINTENANCE convinces the end user with its smooth and quick operation, well-laid-out screen entry forms and the guided, process-oriented data entry. It guarantees high acceptance among maintenance personnel, which is a decisive factor for the success of a mobile solution.
The latest version of the mobile maintenance solution called "Lean MOBILE MAINTENANCE“ gets by without any middleware or separate data storage, in contrast to most of the comparable solutions. Given the fact that the application is integrated in SAP ERP 6.0 seamlessly and without any interfaces, both system and media breaks are a thing of the past.
Advantages of the Lean MOBILE MAINTENANCE architecture
Since the installation of additional hardware or software, as well as the associated technical and administrative overhead, aren’t needed, costs are also reduced (lower total cost of ownership, or TCO). Another advantage is the flexible architecture of the mobile solution. It can be conveniently enhanced with additional functions as needed and is also quickly adaptable to specific customer requirements.
MOBILE MAINTENANCE functions at a glance