To stay ahead of the competition and continue to prosper, it is essential that asset-intensive organizations maximize their return on assets (ROA). Whatever asset your business relies on, this conference is built to equip you with the knowledge you need to help ensure improved visibility, safety, reliability, efficiency, and control across your assets.

Part of our International SAP Conference Series on Extended Supply Chain, the International SAP Conference on Asset Management is designed with the user in mind and will put you in direct contact with a diverse range of asset-intensive organizations who are successfully using SAP’s suite of solutions to achieve peak operational performance of their plants, equipment, and facilities.


Case studies from organizations including EDF, Evonik, Gasunie, Marenco Swisshelicopter, Lanxess, NedTrain, Sitech, and more will allow you to hear real-life successes, challenges, and lessons learned.

Andreas Renker from Marenco Swisshelicopter, for instance, will give an overview about how they are innovating their maintenance processes with augmented reality and 3D visualization for maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO).




Get insight into the challenges of a helicopter design and maintenance company. Learn more about their innovative business use case based on the example of the first Swiss helicopters and about possibilities using augmented reality, 3D visualization, and business analytics with 3D products. Mr. Renker will also give an future outlook for predictive maintenance at Marenco Swisshelicopter. The presentation will close with a informative demonstration of different applications.

Want to learn more about the other case studies and SAP presentations? The Agenda is now ready to view for the International SAP Conference on Asset Management.


Get more information, confirm your place, or contact the event team at +44 (0) 121 200 3810 or


This event offers a compelling opportunity for you to connect with like-minded peers from Europe and beyond. Don’t miss this opportunity to help your organization achieve superior asset performance.

I look forward to welcoming you to Düsseldorf.

Jogeswara Rao Kavala

PM Tables

Posted by Jogeswara Rao Kavala Jul 30, 2015


Years ago when I was a SAP and SCN beginner, I was searching Google for an article which could explain me how various tables are connected in PM. Then I got a picture depicting the same. I did not remember the source even. Related searches afterwards never took me to that link again. But the picture remained with me. During several occasions of replying in SCN discussions I posted this picture, which members always were very happy to have. But in one discussion a member expressed difficulty in making out the names of the tables because of the low resolution of the same. Indeed there was a legibility issue. Low resolution was perhaps because I reduced the size of the source picture due to bytes limitation in SCN (1Mb). Then I did some editing of the picture (like PrintScr in 4 pieces and joined them together) which reduced the bytes to well within the limits, at the same time improved the legibility much better than what I got from net. That post is still being liked by the members who happen to visit the discussion. With a thinking that this information will be better searched through a blog post rather than to be in the corner of some discussion, this picture is posted here for the benefit of the members who are in need and haven't yet come across. For me  the objective is to preserve a knowledge piece.

Note: I remember this belongs to the times of ECC 4.6 version, but still is most valid to PM tables configuration of ECC6.0 and above.

... And here it is: (click on the image)

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Also, we get good information about tables from this link by Pete Atkin: FAQ: PM/CS Tables

Thank you and Regards


In this document I will be discussing the automatic serializing of a material, while Goods Receipt.


Consider material 757, which has been assigned Serial No Profile = PM.


In the serial no profile, we have 2 settings for “Equipment Requirement”.


  • Proposal: w/o equipment
  • Always with equipment


For the above serial no profile PM, Equipment requirement is defined as “Without Equipment”.

So the common expectation would be that when we do GR of this material, serial no will be automatically created. And the equipment no will not be generated because of “without equipment” definition.




Doing GR for 757, using 501 movement type. (Using 501, to avoid PR, PO process)



Since the Material Master 757 has been assigned with a serial no profile, all stock  of 757 is supposed to be serialized on GR. Therefore, when we add 757 in MIGO, a serial no tab automatically appears.



Serial number can be mentioned manually, as well as automatically by checking the check box.

Check the serial numbers created for material 757 in IQ08.




We can see that serial no 1 to 5 has been created and also equipment numbers 10005707 to 10005711 has been created automatically.


So point to be noted here is that, on GR serial no is created and also EQUIPMENT NO is created, contrary to the expectation of “no equipment would be created”.

However, if we try to open eq master in IE02, the equipment doesn’t exist.




Here, we need to do something called as “Activation of Equipment View”. Only then we can access eq master in IE02.


Double click the equipment no in the IQ08 screen.




We can see that Equipment field in the above screen is still empty.


Now click the “Equipment View” (activate) button.




On pressing the “Activate Eq View” button, we get this screen. Now the eq no is shown as 10005707. This means that the eq view has been created for this serialized material (serial no 5 for material 757).

Just Save and the equipment view will be saved.

Now go to IE02 for eq 10005707. Equipment master is now available and can be accessed.




So the meaning of Setting “Eq Requirement = Without Equipment” is that:

  • Equipment number will be automatically created, along with serial no, on doing GR.
  • Equipment master is still not accessible in IE02, till the equipment view is activated manually.



Further if Eq Req = Always without equipment.

In this case, the process is exactly same, only difference being that we do not need to activate the equipment view, since it is already activated.








IE02: 10005713




Further point to be noted is that in both cases Equipment status is ESTO. (Equipment in stores)

Business meaning of ESTO is that, this material 758 serial no 2 is inventorized in store. And for using this material as an equipment, the status of the equipment should be AVLB. For doing this the material should be Goods Issued from stores to the required cost center (Account assignment cost center).


Doing GI, for the material 758, serial no 2 for cost center 1000.




After GI of serialized material:


  • From Inventory side: Material stock will be issued and stock in MMBE will reduce by 1
  • From PM side: Equipment which was earlier lying in stores, has been issued and is now AVAILABLE (AVLB) for installation.




Further, we need to maintain the Organizational data of this equipment manually, by maintaining plant, cost center, planning plant and work center.



Final Take Away:

  1. 1. So the meaning of Setting “Eq Requirement = Without Equipment” is that:
    • Equipment number will be automatically created, along with serial no, on doing GR.
    • Equipment master is still not accessible in IE02, till the equipment view is activated manually.
  2. 2. In both cases (with and w/o eq) equipment status will be ESTO. For using this equipment, this serialized material has to be Goods Issued to required cost center. On GI, eq status changes to AVLB
  3. 3. In both cases, we need to maintain the Organizational data manually for the equipment.

In this blog I want to describe a feature which is already available via the Web User Iinterface in Enterprise Asset Management. You just have to use it.


After event recording via Asset Viewer – what is behind it?


After Event Recording suites the purpose that a technician identifies an issue at a piece of equipment, immediately fixes the issue and reports later the time spent and the material consumed. Very often he is not able to identify  the equpiment number and searches along the hierachy of the Functional Location.

This all can be done in the Web User Interface of EAM.


  1. The technician opens the Asset Viewer searches along the hierarchy and after identifying the right piece of equipment he does a right click and selects “Confirm unplanned Job”
  2. Now a new Tab opens where most of the fields are already populated.
    He now enters his time spent, materials consumed, confirmation longtext and is able to create an activity report as well.
    He then can set the order and the notification to the status technical completion.AFter_Event_2.jpg


In essence with just a few clicks the following objects / process steps  are created:

  • Maintenance order, which is released
  • Time confirmation for this order
  • Goods issue against this order
  • Notification creation (Activity Report)
  • Notification and order are set to technical completed



With this functionality which is available you will simplify the daily life of your technician




Prerequisite for this is:

  • Implementation of OSS Note 2129222
  • Allocation of the the WD Application to the role of the technican as shown in the picture below
  • Maintenance of the Launchpad via transaction LPD_CUST



You can find more detailed information about configuration of Web User Interface in EAM via this LINK


A direct access to more information on new EAM features is available via the innovation discovery tool. You can access the tool here.


Enjoy using this functionality

In SAP Plant Maintenance implementations, often there is a need of the client to suggest KPIs/Metrics which could help them to gauge the performance of their maintenance team/assets. Many of the times client is already having some metrics/KPIs to gauge the performance but those are loosely defined; in many other times there are no well-defined KPIs identified.


This document will provide a list of KPIs that could be suggested to clients to monitor the performance of their maintenance team or company’s assets. Note that to calculate some of these KPIs custom reports/dashboards may need to be developed.


First of all let me explain the difference between a KPI and a metric. Many times both these terms get mixed and the client gets confused. A metric wrt Plant Maintenance is a number or a percentage which defines how maintenance team/assets are performing as compared to company objectives. A KPI is also a metric i.e. KPI is also a number or a percentage but KPI is a metric which has the power to provide to the management some recommendations to improve performance/reduce costs. So all KPIs are metrics but all metrics are not KPIs.


Let’s define some KPIs for Plant Maintenance. In order to make this more structured, let’s start with the basic steps in a typical maintenance scenario:


Problem Identification> Order Planning> Scheduling>Completion> Root Cause Analysis


We will define KPIs in all these areas one by one:


KPIs in Problem Identification:


  1. % or No. of Preventive Maintenance vs Reactive Maintenance Orders
  2. % or No. of Notifications in OSNO status for more than x days


KPIs in Order Planning:


  1. % or No. of Planned orders vs Unplanned orders/Emergency Orders
  2. % or No. of Work orders where actual cost/planed cost variances exceeds x %
  3. % or No. of Work orders in CRTD status for more than x days
  4. % or No. or Work orders delayed due to stock outs


KPIs in Order Scheduling:


  1. % of scheduled man-hours to total available man-hours per week/month
  2. % or no. of work orders where scheduled date is on or before expected date of start of work


KPIs in Order Completion:


  1. % or no. of work orders completed within x no. of days
  2. % or no. of work orders recalled i.e. work not completed as expected
  3. % or no. of notifications associated with work orders where cause/damage code is not filled
  4. % or no. or work orders executed internally vs by external vendor


KPIs in root cause analysis:


  1. Total maintenance cost per equipment category or maintenance cost per equipment category
  2. Ratio of planned maintenance costs vs actual maintenance costs
  3. Mean time to Repair (MTTR)
  4. Mean time between failures (MTBF)
  5. % Availability of equipment


Apart from these there are multiple queries/metrics that could be used to get a large number of metrics. Refer link below:


As a good consultant, we should filter out the metrics and recommend only few critical KPIs so that the company is not overloaded with tons of data and metrics and is able to make critical business decisions using a handful of KPIs.




We are delighted to announce that the brochure is now available for download for the International SAP Conference on Asset Management. Over two days, this comprehensive customer-centric event will give you access to SAP leadership and solution management, as well as a diverse range of SAP users from multiple industries.


To name a few customers that will present their case study:

  • EDF Energy
  • Evonik Industries
  • Gasunie
  • Lanxess
  • Marenco Group
  • NedTrain
  • Sitech
  • and more!


Check out the brochure and register today:


For more information please contact us @ +44 121 200 3810 or email



The main objective of this blog to explain SAP PM beginners to understand the difference between Technical Object Cost Center and Work Center Cost Center with a live example.

Pl. Note : This document is based on particular configuration where the settlement of the work order goes to Equipment Cost Center.


Technical Object Cost Center:


Technical Object cost center are referred as cost receivers and Work Order Cost will be settled to this cost center.


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Work Center Cost Center:


Work Center Cost Centers are used to calculate the cost of the work done (Labor Work). This is the responsible cost center for the work order. This also requires assignment of cost center in the work center and maintaining the Activity Pricing.


Maintenance Order:


Maintenance Order is created and planning is done for labor hours with a requirement of 8 Hrs.

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Operation Line Item Should contain all the Fields highlighted in yellow.


Activity Price (KP26):


Activity price is maintained in combination with Cost Center and Activity type.


Plan Cost:

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Planned Cost = Total Work (Hrs) * Activity Price (KP26) / unit


                     = 8 * 10 = 80 USD


Actual Cost:


On confirming the Operation, Actual cost is generated.


Actual Cost = Actual hours Confirmed * Activity Price (KP26) / unit


                  = 6 * 10 = 60 USD


The cost of the labor utilized in the work order is calculated based on the Cost Center assigned to the work center.


Settlement rule generation:


With respect to the configuration, settlement rule is generated automatically once the work order is Technically Complete.

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Settlement receiver is picked from Equipment Cost Center.

On performing the settlement, Work Order cost is settled to Equipment Cost Center. Below Screenshot is taken soon after executing KO88 transaction, which will display the cost flow is from the Maintenance order (Sender) to the cost center (Receiver).



Also you can see both the cost centers in the work order


     1.     Equipment Cost Center in Location Tab under Account Assignment

     2.     Work Center Cost Center in Additional tab.

Join us in Düsseldorf on October 5-6 for the International SAP Conference on Asset Management. This event is packed with opportunities for you to meet with SAP experts, partners, and customers in a collaborative learning environment. Discover how innovation from SAP can drive superior performance across your asset lifecycle.


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The Agenda is now ready to view for the International SAP Conference on Asset Management.


Whatever type of asset your organization needs, this event is packed with opportunities:


  • Two half-day preconference workshops giving you comprehensive insight into the SAP Enterprise Asset Management (SAP EAM) solution and the SAP Multiresource Scheduling application
  • Keynotes and solution road map presentations from SAP
  • Time to meet privately with SAP executives and solution experts
  • Customer case studies from a diverse range of companies, including Evonik, Gasunie, Nedtrain, Lanxess, Marenco Swiss Helicopter, Sitech, and more
  • Partner exhibition and a multitude of networking opportunities together with the co-located International SAP Conference for Chemicals


Get more information, confirm your place, or contact the event team at +44 (0) 121 200 3810 or


This event offers a compelling opportunity for you to connect with like-minded peers from Europe and beyond. Don’t miss this opportunity to help your organization achieve superior asset performance.

I look forward to welcoming you to Düsseldorf.

In SAP Plant Maintenance implementation projects, there are always points of integration with FICO. Though the cost structuring, capturing and reporting is the work of FICO consultants, I am trying to cover here some basic concepts and terminologies which a PM consultant should be aware of:


Let’s first differentiate between FI and CO i.e. finance and controlling modules. I try to make it very simple here. FI is used for external legal reporting say balance sheet reporting, profit and loss statements etc. whereas CO is used for internal managerial reporting for decision making. Note the term legal in FI i.e. a company is bound by country laws while defining anything in FI, there is nothing legal as such while working in CO as it is intrinsic to company.


Key element in FI which a PM consultant should be aware of isG/L account or general ledger account. This is the most basic element to collect financial information about a business. A G/L account is an item within a general ledger. This is created by SAP transaction FS00. When a company creates a financial report such as balance sheet, most of the data is derived from the General Ledger.  G/L accounts can be broadly classified into 4 categories: assets, liabilities, expenses and revenues. The G/L account most relevant to PM is expense G/L accounts, for example utilities expense, maintenance expense, wages expense etc.


Now let’s talk about CO module. CO module has 5 sub-modules. The sub-module most relevant to PM is Cost Center Accounting. Key elements in Cost Center Accounting are cost center; cost elements, activity types etc.


Cost element acts as a link between FI and CO modules. How? Cost elements are corresponding revenue and expense elements to a G/L account. But this depends upon business requirements. Where COPA (Profitability Analysis which is another sub-module in CO) is active, then both expense and revenue
accounts (GL) are cost elements but where COPA is not active, then revenue account should not be made as cost element. Example of primary cost lements are material costs, personnel cost, energy cost etc. There are secondary cost elements also but let’s not go into that detail. Whenever a cost element is created, it needs to give a cost object to it. Cost object can be cost center, internal order, production order etc.


Hence cost elements are nothing but cost carriers. They carry the cost from FI G/L account and transfer to cost objects such as cost centers. So cost element will answer: What is the cost? And cost center will answer: Where is the cost going?


Let’s relate the above concepts with Work Order costing. In work order configuration for costing we assign cost elements to value categories. Value categories are nothing but classification of costs in a work order example labor cost, material cost, and external services cost etc. So whenever we issue any material against a work order or say somebody charges time against a work order, a G/L account gets hit which simultaneously hits the corresponding
cost element which puts cost in the work order and cost stays in the work order temporarily. Now, when we do the settlement of the work order, all the costs are moved from work order to settlement object which may be a cost center or WBS element or an internal order etc.


These are some basics of cost flow concepts which a PM consultant must be aware of. I will try to cover some more similar concepts in my next blog.

SAP's Influencing Programs

Customer Influence gives you the opportunity of interacting directly with SAP development teams.


As a part of this SAP´s Influencing program the Customer Engagement Initiative (CEI) is a structured approach for close end-to-end collaboration between customers and SAP teams during the full development cycle for planned products and solutions and new releases or enhancement packages. CEI offers an opportunity for customers to influence SAP development in collaboration with their peers. This helps SAP create products and solutions that meet our customers' needs, reflect best business practices and realize process and technology innovations.


The Asset Intelligence Network is an innovation initiative which will fundamentally change and improve the way assets are defined and managed. We aim to provide a Global Registry of Equipment to be shared - based on suitable access and authorization rights - between multiple parties (e.g. OEMs, asset owners/operators, engineering firms).


This results in a Common Definition of Machines that delivers new business models and true operational excellence, both within the company as well as for cross-company collaboration processes.


At this stage we are looking for end users who, in the course of their daily work, are using, creating, maintaining, and managing product or asset related information. In doing so, they are collaborating with other persons, both inside and outside their company. We will cover the different views of OEMs, operators and EPCs. We will engage with customers in end user research activities to:

  1. Gain insights on how customer users are currently working with and collaborating on asset information.
  2. Understand the tasks, needs, motivation and challenges of potential future users of the planned solution.
  3. Validate and receive feedback on the functionality, design and usability of the planned solution.



You have the possibility to influence the solution and its capabilities in an early stage of development.


You can find all related information for that project via the following link:

Use the link to read more on this project and to register for the CEI initiative!

Over past few years, SAP EAM has been tremendously enhanced. However, most of our customers and end-users of SAP EAM are not are not even aware of these new capabilities because they are published in very technically oriented or not well known places.  Even if one knows about the possibility to use these new features, many find configuration of these new feature challenging,

To simplify process of finding out this information, we are planning to record sessions  for many of these functional enhancements and show how to set them up in a sandbox environment. Hope this would motivate you to actively use these new features.

We are planning to make these session available via YouTube that can be accessed using following link.

The lists of some topics that we are planning to cover are:

•        Introduction to SAP EAMTube          


•        How to find Innovation and Improvements        

          –      How to search new Improvement        

          –      How to search new Innovations

•        How to improve user experience using Side Panel


         –      Overview of Side Panels        

         –      Configuring and setting up content for side panel        

         –      Preparing a SAP GUI  transaction for using it with Side Panel        

         –      Updating and creating new content for side panels        

         –      Setting up Business Context Viewer

•        How to improve user experience using web dynpro        


         –      Overview of Web Dynpro        

         –      How to configure and adapt the user interactions        

         –      How to use the Implementation guide        

         –      New features added with Business Function for Simplicity 3 and 4        

         –      New features added with Business Function for Simplicity 5 and 6

•        Improved maintenance and reliability analysis using HANA        

         –      HANA Live content for plant maintenance        

         –      Using HANA Live with Lumira and Predictive Analysis        

         –      Adapting content to Customize your analytical needs        

         –      Performing Weibull analysis and Monte Carlo Simulation to evaluate probability of failure

•        Improved user interface with Fiori        

         –      Factsheets to access Asset Information on your finger tips        

         –      How to create your own Fiori App        

         –      Roadmap for EAM Fiori Apps

Currently we are planning to publish ten videos over the next few months . Please use comments fields and provide us with your suggestions and advice to improve the content. If you find some topics of particular interest please also let us know so we can record additional sessions.

Ensure Superior Asset Performance with Innovation from SAP




In competitive global markets, it is essential that asset intensive organisations efficiently manage the entire asset lifecycle. With the right systems and processes in place, they can ensure uptime and safety, mitigate risks, and reduce maintenance costs.



We are delighted to announce the dates for the annual International SAP Conference on Asset Management. Over two days, this comprehensive customer-centric event will give you access to SAP leadership and solution management, as well as a diverse range of SAP users from multiple industries. Part of the International SAP Conference Series on Extended Supply Chain, make sure you take this opportunity to learn how innovation from SAP can give you real-time visibility into asset performance and ultimately maximise your return on assets.


Visit the conference web site for more information:



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Hi all,

In the last month i was searching for a solution to integrate a long text in the long description text for my operations at the task list level, and i was really surprised by the amount of open topics with no clear answer. So, I found with the help of one of my colleagues how to do it:

This document is a complete view on the LSMW 0470 Object with 0000 Method.

In this document you will find the structure of the mapping & the LSMW trick & tips :

Object Attribute :


Maintain Source Field  :

The Source Fields definition : it's a 5 files LSMW

Please note the the Field (BOM_USAGE == Task list Group counter)

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Please note that the structure in the system is defined on 72 CAR for the Long text (STR_TEXT-TEXT) description but you must set it at 40.
If you want to get some errors change it

Maintain Structure Relationship  :

Maintain Field Mapping  :

The Tcode must be changed to IA01 for Equipment Task list or IA05 for Instruction Task list ot IA11 for FL task list :

Task list Header  :

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Operations list :

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The First Tip is in the long text mapping :

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Please note again : Even if the IBIPTEXT-TXLINE is a 72 CAR you must map it with a 40 CAR field.


For a long description containing 200 CAR for the Operation with "OP_IDENTIFICATION = OP0000023"

The file will be like this :

Exemple for a CSV file :


OP0000023; SAP ERP was built comprising the former

OP0000023; SAP R/3. SAP R/3 through version 4.6c co

OP0000023; nsisted of various applications on top o

OP0000023; f SAP Basis, SAP's set of middleware

The result is this :

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Task list component :

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Maintenance Packages :

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Specify Files  :


Create Batch Input session  :


And the last tip is the processing mode : ==> Call Transaction.
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If you found this post interesting or useful, please consider rating it

If you have any questions regarding the Maintenance LSMW Objects. I will be available to answer it ASAP.

Kind Regards,

Karim Es.

Couldn’t make it to Orlando? If you did not had the chance to attend SAPPHIRE NOW Orlando last week in person, just have a look at these replays of some key sessions to get the latest and greatest news around Asset Management.


Listen to Our Customers:


Hear how AltaLink L.P., the largest electricity transmission company in Alberta, Canada, maximizes the reliability of their linear assets by improving data quality, data governance, and reporting. Find out how they are using linear asset management, geographical information systems, and mobile solutions to deliver the right data to the right people at the right time.


See how The Dow Chemical Company simplified and standardized product compliance and workplace safety processes to support innovation, operational excellence, and sustainable growth. 


Learn about Innovations:


Watch the 2 minute video “Augmented Reality, Mobile Apps, Predictive Maintenance and More —What’s New in Asset Management?” from Dr. Achim Krüger, VP, Operational Excellence Solutions at SAP.


Watch a demo on Predictive Grid Maintenance at CenterPoint Energy including Smartwatch support in Bernd Leukert’s - Member of the SAP Executive Board, Products & Innovation – keynote (demo starts at minute 49:45).


Listen to Steve Singh - Member of the SAP Global Managing Board, CEO, Concur - using aircraft maintenance to explain why only networks involving all LoBs optimize overall performance.


Watch Predictive Maintenance in Motion at the SAPPHIRE NOW Experience Zone.


You’ll find more replays on SAPPHIRE NOW Online.

In this blog I want to describe a new feature which is already available via the traditional GUI and will be available in a future release via the Web User Interface in Enterprise Asset Management.

Creating follow on orders – what is behind it?

While inspecting a piece of equipment the technician discovers a defect. He has to confirm the results and his time for the inspection, but he has also the task to document that there is a follow on activity necessary. That this activity was related to an inspection is of very high interest for the maintenance manager. Therefore we created the new functionality to create follow-on orders. You can use this function to create maintenance orders as follow-on orders for an order or order operation.

When you create a follow-on order, you create a relationship to the preceding order or operation and you can display this relationship in the document flow.

You can create follow-on orders directly (transaction iw31), when changing or displaying an order (transactions iw32 and iw33), or when creating a confirmation (transaction iw41).

You can display the relationship between the preceding order and the follow-on order in a hierarchical structure.You can find more detailed information via this  LINK .

This functionality is part of EhP7 Business Function “LOG_EAM_CI7” and do not require any additional license on top of the existing enterprise foundation license.

A direct access to more information on these new EAM features is available via the innovation discovery tool. You can access the tool here.

This functionality is delivered with SAP enhancement package 7 supportpackage 7 it has been downported up to SAP enhancement package  4

See  SAP Note 2115977


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