Describing Project-oriented Maintenance


After completing this lesson, you will be able to:

  • Describe the options of Project-Oriented Maintenance

Project-Oriented Maintenance

In your company, inspections and repair work requiring the shutdown of an entire asset is performed at regular intervals. These tasks must be planned and monitored in the form of projects. For this reason, you require an understanding of project-oriented plant maintenance.

Projects are tasks limited to a certain field, scope, and time frame. Several departments usually contribute to the project development. The tasks to be carried out represent, in most cases, an innovation and can involve risks for the company.

You can use projects to prepare, control, monitor, and evaluate comprehensive plans. The functions range from the logistics area (scheduling, materials, work centers, and so on) to the accounting area (budgeting, assigning cost centers, updating general ledger (G/L) accounts), and so on.

In the PM area, projects are used in the following cases:

  • Shutdowns
  • Overhauls and major maintenance tasks
  • Modifications
  • Major repairs
  • Investments

Scenario PM - PS

  1. A project definition and a WBS, including specific WBS elements, are created for the project to be executed.
  2. The project is scheduled and the costs can be summarized. Budgets are assigned to the WBS elements.

    If maintenance orders have already been created, the order planning data (for example, planned costs) can be condensed to the WBS elements, even for the overall project planning (for example, assigning a budget based on the total planned costs).

  3. Maintenance orders are created and assigned manually or automatically to the WBS elements or network activities. In this step of the process, the planned costs of the maintenance orders can be checked automatically against the budget of the WBS element.
  4. While the orders are being executed, you can monitor the current situation with regard to consumption of budget by using reports from the project information system.
  5. After the tasks have been completed, the orders receive their time confirmations, are technically completed and, if applicable, settled to the WBS element. The central key figures (overall costs, materials consumed, times, and so on) can be evaluated by using reports from the project information system.

Maintenance Event Builder (MEB)

Next to common project-based maintenance tasks, which integrate the functionality of the applications Asset Management and Project System, focusing on small and midsize projects, another integration variant is available for larger maintenance projects. Originally, the latter scenario was developed for aviation scenarios (industry solution DIMP, formerly Aerospace & Defense). This functionality has been made available for the ERP standard, and is now also available for SAP S/4HANA.

You can use the Maintenance Event Builder (MEB) to optimize the planning of large maintenance tasks such as revisions and shutdowns of technical assets.

You need to assign maintenance notifications (manually created notifications or automatically created notifications via Maintenance Plan) to a revision.

If you have assigned hierarchical Task Lists to notifications, the MEB can generate maintenance orders according to the structure of the hierarchical Task List.

Overview Maintenance Event Builder

The following video provides an overview of maintenance event builder.

How to Work on a Revision using the Maintenance Event Builder

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