An integrated solution for a maintenance management system requires simplicity and openness towards other information systems within the company.
Furthermore, the database structure and the special transaction handling with full debit/credit control have been developed specially for a controlled data exchange between external systems.
Interfaces for SAP and other leading ERP systems
We leave it to our customers to decide which business processes of their maintenance management should be handled by API PRO and which should be handled their ERP system. The business processes to consider here are primarily: stock control, purchase management and handling of invoices. Our toolbox contains the components necessary to build interfaces for sharing business processes between the maintenance system and the ERP.
In some cases, customers have decided to use the purchasing functionality of the ERP system. This leaves the need for purchasing typically transferred as purchase requests from API PRO. In most of these cases, API PRO ‘owns’ the spare part stock, though the stock control of the ERP system is also sometimes operated remotely from API PRO. Seen from a user point of view, this leaves all functions used by floor level people to take place in API PRO. The user won’t even notice that he or she is actually working in two systems.
Through the Industrial Interface module, API PRO integrates with any kind of automation technology (control, visualization, process management, etc.).
The OPC technology allows for an online interface to be used in relation to maintenance of machines and equipment. With the integrated OPC client, API PRO connects to an OPC server, making the information in the automation system available in API PRO. No programming efforts are required to establish the connection, thanks to the standardized interface.
Condition Based Maintenance
The OPC connection can be used to collect data for condition monitoring measurements or for API PRO inspection Rounds system. It is also possible to collect operating time values for the production equipment here as well.
Compared to collecting the data manually, this saves a lot of time and makes it affordable to work with preventive maintenance intervals using ‘operation time’ rather than ‘calendar time.’ Here, the OPC connection helps you create a more predictive maintenance strategy by advising organizations to switch from ‘calendar time’ to ‘operating time’ based on preventive maintenance. This is the most important step towards increased availability of the production lines and reduced maintenance costs.
Furthermore, data in the automation system can be used to trigger alarms in API PRO. If, for example, a temperature gets too high in a certain measurement point, API PRO activates a pre-defined task as a new work order.
BOOST COMPETITIVENESS AND PRODUCTION EFFICIENCY WITH API PRO AND INTERNET OF THINGS (IOT)
Wireless sensors, used for condition monitoring, combined with modern IT solutions and analysis tools helps to predict patterns of equipment performance and condition.
Data from these “IoT services” are transferred to API PRO via standard Internet protocols and creates automatic state-based work orders and unplanned stop are being registered.