Like so many workers around the world, the SAP Asset Manager team has learned to work together remotely. It is a testament to the team’s talent and teamwork that our 2005 release has launched as planned. Our team continues to build on 20 years of mobile asset management experience to deliver a best-in-class solution.
We are proud to offer our customers an enterprise-grade application with a consumer-grade user experience. With every release, we expand the features and capabilities of SAP Asset Manager to meet the demands of our customers across a diverse industry landscape.
Which features were delivered in the 2005 release?
I am pleased to announce several new features designed to increase a maintenance technician’s efficiency no matter the location.
Offline Map Support
Geographical information system (GIS) data is critical for any technician responsible for maintaining assets over a large area. A utility worker, for example, may be in a rural area without network connectivity, or worse, may be in an emergency situation.
Now a technician will be able to download basemaps and feature layers for offline use. With this functionality, we are closing the last gap making the application fully offline-capable, ensuring our users will always have the information they need anytime they need it.
Support for Taking Measurement Readings at the Work Order Level
Inspection rounds are common maintenance procedures where technicians gather multiple measurement readings at once. Periodic data collection can identify anomalies and pinpoint malfunctions.
We have greatly improved this process now by implementing a “Take Readings” action at the Work Order header level. This opens a form that consolidates measurement readings for all equipment and functional locations across all operations. The form screen will include common filtering capabilities to narrow the list. A technician may skip a reading with a basic toggle.
Previously a technician would need to navigate to each equipment and functional location individually. This enhancement will greatly speed up inspections by reducing the amount of navigation between operations and assigned objects.
Accessing Linear Asset Management data
Not all assets are discrete pieces of equipment on a factory floor. A power line, for example, may stretch for hundreds of miles. When enabled in Plant Maintenance, Linear Asset Management provides more flexibility to describe, display, and manage linear assets such as pipelines, roads, railway tracks, power lines, and cable.
Linear data includes location data relative to a marker such as a milepost to locate a specific segment with certainty. Technicians will be able to view linear asset data associated with work orders, operations, and notifications, and may edit linear data associated with characteristic values.
This enhancement represents a first step that will benefit many of our customers and better serve major industries, and we expect to expand Linear Asset Management support.
Technical Object List Support
In proactive inspection routines where technicians inspect and take readings from many pieces of equipment assigned as a single Work Order, a planner may assign additional objects for maintenance. The object list is a central part of the order capable of linking a variety of objects to the work order.
Technicians will be able to navigate to the full list of technical objects from the Work Order and Operation detail pages. The associated material, equipment, functional location, and notifications for each object list item will be linked for the technician to view the detail screen for each.
We continue to expand language support, adding Russian language with this release bringing our total to 24 supported languages.
SAP Asset Manager now uses the analytics control provided by the Mobile Development Kit so that measuring point charts adhere to SAP Fiori guidelines.
Lastly, filtering has been enhanced to use the List Picker control and improved in a few other ways. Work orders and notifications can now be filtered by type; equipment and functional locations by work centers. We now support filtering in measuring point list screen and dynamic forms.
When is the release available?
SAP Asset Manager 2005 is available now. The application is publicly available and includes an offline demo mode for viewing and testing the robust functionality.