How to Streamline Plant Maintenance With Your Master Data

By Kristian Kalsing on May 12, 2014

For any company that operates large and complex plants, world-class production performance is achieved through efficient plant maintenance. Without streamlined maintenance processes, plants experience high maintenance costs and unnecessary downtime. It is not unusual for large companies, such as utilities or companies in the oil and gas industries, to realize millions in savings when they improve the way they control plant maintenance. Business agreement on energy trade

In a modern enterprise running on an ERP system, such as SAP, efficient plant maintenance depends on the quality of the underlying master data. Master data objects that are specific to plant maintenance in SAP  include functional locations and equipment. Setting up and maintaining functional location and equipment records are often a very manual processes, with no tracking of change requests and lots of data entry errors.

Plant maintenance also relies heavily on material master data, in particular spare parts and production resources. Large plants require thousands of spare parts and production resources on an ongoing basis to minimize downtime when equipment breaks down. All of these parts have hundreds of attributes that are tracked in SAP and often collected from multiple stakeholders. Without good data management tools and workflows, the data maintenance alone becomes a burden for the maintenance professionals.

Winshuttle provides a platform of data management tools that can eliminate a lot of the manual data work and improve the quality of critical master data. More importantly, these tools are relatively lightweight and can be implemented with minimal disruption to ongoing operations.  Our Excel-based solutions enables business users to improve data maintenance processes without the need to involve IT. Winshuttle for Master Data is the quickest path to better master data and will ultimately reduce production downtime and lower maintenance costs.

About the author

Based in Seattle, Kristian is part of the product management team at Winshuttle where he is responsible for solutions that help companies to perform better by improving their management and governance of master data. Kristian has 15 years of experience with enterprise solutions in a broad range of industries across Europe, Australia and North America. When not at work, Kristian spends most of his time climbing in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest and elsewhere.

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