Asset management: SmartPlant’s SAP designation ensures interoperability
Intergraph’s SmartPlant Enterprise for Owner Operators has gained “Powered by SAP NetWeaver” qualification from SAP AG. Version 3.8 of the system, a preconfigured engineering automation environment for plant operators, uses the power of the SAP NetWeaver platform to help ensure data synchronization and interoperability between the plant engineering automation suite and SAP’s enterprise asset management capabilities. SmartPlant Enterprise used with SAP Service and Asset Management (through integration with SAP ERP Release 6.0) helps ensure synchronization between the plant engineering and maintenance environments using best-practice plant management of change-work processes.
The SAP Integration and Certification Center certified that SmartPlant Enterprise for Owner Operators properly integrates with the SAP NetWeaver XI exchange infrastructure component of the platform to exchange critical data with instances of SAP Business Suite solutions, and is integrated successfully with business functions exposed through the SAP NetWeaver portal. SAP NetWeaver powers SAP Business Suite applications, SAP xAppsT packaged composite applications, and systems such as SmartPlant Enterprise for Owner Operators. It unifies integration technologies into a single platform and is pre-integrated with business applications, enabling change and reducing the need for custom integration.
SmartPlant Enterprise for Owner Operators delivers preconfigured, best-practice work processes for plant operators. Plant Engineering management of change business package within the suite provides a complete audit trail, facilitating the tracking of changes from the initial recommendation through the plant engineering review and approval process to final implementation. Users will work between the Intergraph tools and SAP Service and Asset Management through a role-based instance of the SAP NetWeaver portal. As-built changes will automatically synchronize between SAP Service and Asset Management and SmartPlant Enterprise.
“Interoperability requires openness, which is why the achievement of Powered by SAP NetWeaver status of SmartPlant Enterprise for Owner Operators is an important milestone for Intergraph,” said Patrick Holcomb, executive vice president, Intergraph Process, power & marine. “This solution addresses the fundamental need for owner operators to achieve ongoing consistency between the ever-changing engineering design basis of a plant, and the critical plant operations management systems like those that use SAP applications. SmartPlant Enterprise for Owner Operators will help make this process more transparent and easier to perform, while providing a complete audit trail.”
SmartPlant Enterprise for Owner Operators software is scheduled for release in phases beginning in Q4 2007. The initial release will include business packages covering management of change, plant maintenance browser, plant engineering browser, plant breakdown structure and tag management, document management, and conceptual engineering. An extensive range of business packages for optimizing plant efficiency is expected to follow.