In the context of the management of technical plants and equipment, a problem of data integrity often arises, particularly in the case of a large number of objects, which becomes more relevant as the life cycle progresses but also represents a significant factor at the beginning. When plants or equipment are procured and put into operation, the essential information in the form of
- parts lists
- spare parts
- technical descriptions
- maintenance instructions
- and other technical details
usually have to be maintained in the system to provide the basis for subsequent operational support and tracking. Such information is often requested from the manufacturer by the plant manager, for example, and then manually extracted into the system. This can lead to initial discrepancies in terms of data quality and completeness. On the other hand, such manual data entry also ties up considerable employee resources for processes that do not add value, which should be avoided.
At this point, SAP AIN intends to create a central database that allows manufacturers, plant operators, and plant supervisors to have access to the same information and to integrate it into their processes. This means as it were, that a large part of manual activities for generating master data and associated documents are eliminated with the use of the tool. By working on the same database and partially sharing information regarding technical objects used, direct information can also be transferred from the manufacturer to the plant operator via announcements - for example, if there are changes to the specified maintenance schedules or new firmware is available for a plant.
In addition, in the sense of a continuous improvement process, it is possible to communicate suggestions for improvements to technical objects both internally and externally, which can lead the OEM to make product-specific design adjustments.