Thursday, December 16, 2010

SAP Enterprise Asset Management, Plant Maintenance and Design Engineering Hierarchies

HPC America has more client work to share. We're back at one of the largest utilities in the U.S., enhancing a control panel that we had originally developed a few years ago. The control panel comprises most of the functionality the utility needs to accomplish its day-to-day work, as well as manage outage or break down work using SAP Enterprise Asset Management (EAM).

We're now updating the "design engineering hierarchy" of the control panel. It enables users to select the type of work that needs to be performed, including any technical drawings to be attached, and with just a few clicks the program creates all of the required documents and manages their hierarchy. By using our custom design engineering hierarchy, the Plant Maintenance (PM) module's functional location and equipment master is updated timely and accurately without manual maintenance in SAP.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Replacing legacy CMMS with SAP Enterprise Asset Management (EAM)

A transmission utility company we work with has two separate legal entities, one for Operations and another for Administration. Operations uses ManagerPlus to manage the utility's assets and their maintenance. In order to integrate that data with Administration's SAP FI/CO solution running on ECC 6.0, we're migrating the ManagerPlus data to the SAP Plant Maintenance (PM) module. The end result will be a single, integrated system that enables Operations to manage its maintenance work through PM orders, which collect the hours and rates of the employees performing the maintenance work. The SAP EAM solution will enable maintenance planning, work scheduling and a complete functional location hierarchy for fully-integrated SAP EAM work management and logistics with SAP Financials. By leveraging SAP's deep integration, the utility plans to eliminate time-consuming re-allocations of invoiced O&M work from their separate operating company for streamlined and accurate costing for rate case support.