Better Inspect and Maintain Your Critical Equipment with SAP PM and SAP QM

  • by Adolfo Menéndez Fernández, Application Architecture Manager, Repsol
  • Oscar Alarcia Pineda, SAP Logistic Development Project Manager
  • February 4, 2011
Many regulations require regular inspection and maintenance of equipment to control the risk of accidents. You can cover these regulations by creating new processes with a combination of SAP plant maintenance (PM) and quality management (QM) modules.
Key Concept
Security is a hot topic in periodic maintenance activities to protect equipment, the environment, and especially people. Numerous regulations affect critical equipment operating in dangerous conditions. You can help meet these regulations relating to equipment by using SAP functionality, such as classification systems, inspection plans, maintenance plans, and inspection lots. For example, the classification system provides a repository in which you can create custom objects with the required fields and thus store information recorded during an inspection.

Local or international regulations may apply to equipment or to a grouping of equipment, such as a cabling installation, in dangerous environments or special conditions. These regulations define which activities need to be scheduled to ensure safe working conditions. Based on these regulations, companies need to schedule periodic inspections and maintenance and provide feedback to regulators.

We explain how the company we work for, Repsol, meets the requirements of the Regulation of Pressure Equipment. This regulation, in Spanish “Reglamento de Equipos a Presión” (REP), applies to the equipment involved in special pressure conditions such as boilers, electric power stations, refineries and petrochemical sites, breathing apparatuses, cryogenic tanks, and transportable pressure tanks. REP covers the full life cycle of this equipment, from the installation to maintenance and periodic inspections. Two main features characterize REP:

  • A category associated with the equipment named “inspection class.” This class defines which inspections must be executed, such as internal or external inspections and pressure tests.
  • The period for these inspections, for example, every three or six years

In addition to this, we created auditable and traceable information related to the inspection of the equipment affected by REP. You can cover these kinds of regulations in your SAP system by using two modules: plant maintenance (PM) and quality management (QM). We integrate both modules into a single process to cover REP or other similar national or international laws.

Adolfo Menéndez Fernández

Adolfo Menéndez Fernández is the application architecture manager at Repsol in Madrid. Previously, he worked at SAP Consulting Spain as the logistics consulting manager. He studied at the University of Oviedo, where he earned an electronic engineering degree. He is a certified SAP consultant in supply and demand planning (SNP and DP), order fulfillment (Global Available-to-Promise), production planning and detailed scheduling (PP/DS), as well as procurement and materials management (MM). Adolfo has more than 10 years of SAP implementation experience in the consumer product goods, pharmaceutical, automotive, furniture, textile, chemical, oil & gas, and steel industries using SAP ERP logistic modules (including PP, MM, and sales and distribution [SD]) as well as SAP SCM (DP, SNP, and PP/DS). He is APICS certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM).

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Oscar Alarcia Pineda

Oscar Alarcia Pineda is responsible for SAP plant maintenance (PM), quality management (QM), production planning (PP), and SCM development at Repsol in Madrid. Previously, he worked at Gedas Spain (VW group) as the logistics consulting manager. He studied at the Politécnica University of Madrid, where he earned an industrial organization engineering degree. He is a certified SAP consultant in PM and QM. Oscar has more than 13 years of SAP implementation experience in the consumer product goods, automotive, chemical, and oil & gas industries using SAP ERP logistic modules (including PM, PP, QM, WM, and MM).

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