Smart Inspections: Engineering Inspections Made Easy

AG webinar to showcase Smart Inspections, a revolutionary tool for recording engineering inspection data simply and efficiently in SAP

AG’s Smart Inspections SAP add-on reduces costs and risk for businesses by offering an industry-proven solution to record safety critical or business critical engineering inspection data directly in SAP. To find out how Smart Inspections can transform your approach to the recording and management of engineering inspections in SAP, join SAP Gold Partner AG for a webinar today at 14:00-14:45 GMT.

What is AG’s Smart Inspections solution?

Smart Inspections is a fully SAP Certified add-on specifically designed to make the entry, management and reporting of potentially sophisticated field inspection data (inc’ follow-on activities such as notification or order creation) effortless. The solution builds upon native SAP functionality, harnessing the proven capabilities of SAP Plant Maintenance and SAP Quality Maintenance modules, while simplifying usability and overcoming onerous master data and user training overheads. As a result, AGs Smart Inspections Solution provides businesses with an easily digestible stream of inspection data inside SAP that can underpin the holy grail of predictive maintenance and enable truly insightful analytics.

Alongside being simplified, inspection processes are also fully auditable thereby satisfying any compliance or statutory needs (such as HSE). This extends from the initial checks through to any follow-up corrective actions, improving both on-site safety and regulatory compliance. Enhancing this further is Smart Inspections’ easy work order management, automatic generation of defect notifications during inspections and 360-degree visibility of all associated items and outstanding actions. All of this can be accessed via a single intuitive, user-friendly interface.

Smart Inspections is a tool which is revolutionising inspection management inside SAP. With this tool in place, businesses can become more efficient, productive and cost effective, as well as reap the benefits associated with high performance and predictive maintenance, etc.

The challenges in capturing inspection data in SAP

To many, engineering inspections are the cornerstone of Risk Management and Operational Excellence – often with obligations around maintaining critical regulatory compliance. Recording their results in SAP, however, has previously presented issues. In the past this has in part been due to onerous master data requirements and a complex array of screens and processes posing practical challenges – altogether this has resulted in Process Owners looking for ways which demand less time in the system and allow more time on the job.

Many businesses turned to simple, uncontrolled/non-integrated data silos (such as Excel) or have adopted third-party solutions. This also has inherent challenges. Often, external tools or data stores can be difficult to manage and synchronise with SAP introducing increased Risks (i.e. Safety Critical or Business Critical), Costs, System Maintenance & Support as well as potential challenges around auditability, user training, data management and other frequent operational complications.

Smart Inspections is proven to directly address most, if not all, of the above issues. The key points to remember are:

  • Smart Inspections is inside SAP – with all the power of SAP & no sync issues
  • Smart Inspections is very easy to use with it’s user-designed 360-degree cockpit
  • Smart Inspections simplified structures requires simple/low volume Master Data
  • Smart Inspections is going Mobile in 2020 (SAP Fiori, SAP Asset Manager & API)

AG’s webinar: Engineering Inspections Made Easy

AG will use the session to introduce Smart Inspections. The solution has been in operation at Centrica Storage Limited (CSL – who operate the Off-Shore ‘Rough’ Gas Production field in the North Sea and the associated Easington Gas Terminal in South Yorkshire).

Smart Inspections was implemented (as part of a wider Maintenance Excellence initiative) and has given Centrica Storage a reliable and efficient solution for managing Safety Critical Engineering inspections. The project was recognised by SAP themselves and received the SAP Quality Gold Award in the Innovation category.

Webinar attendees will get to see the Smart Inspections tool in action, with AG giving a tour of the system’s interface. From here, participants will have their business-specific engineering inspections questions answered by AG.

To best see how AG’s breakthrough Smart Inspections platform can transform your approach to inspection data recording, join the webinar today at 14:00-14:45 GMT:

Topics: Smart Inspections

Deepal Ratnayaka

Written by Deepal Ratnayaka


A double-certified SAP consultant with expertise in Plant Maintenance and Materials Management, Deepal has many years of experience in large scale SAP green-field and brown-field projects for the energy and utilities sectors. His core strength lies in defining SAP templates for multi-phased SAP implementation programmes and subsequent roll-outs. Focused on achieving the best ROI for the clients, Deepal is often recognized for his outstanding contribution in defining future-proof solutions.

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