Introduce Multiple Maintenance KPIs with an Enhanced Counter Plan in SAP EAM

  • by Venu Cherupillil, Applications Consultant, PetSmart Inc.
  • July 30, 2012
Learn about the detailed process of setting up enhanced multiple counter plans in SAP Enterprise Asset Management (EAM). With this preventive plan, you can maintain assets using multiple cycle sets. Each cycle set can correspond to a specific counter-based (performance-based) reading or to the lifetime of the equipment. After meeting the defined criteria of preventive maintenance, you can create call objects (work orders or notifications) with different sets of operations predefined according to the recommendations of the manufacturers of the assets.
Key Concept
Enhanced multiple counter plan (EMCP) is one of the maintenance plans offered in SAP Enterprise Asset Management (EAM). EAM is part of SAP ERP Central Component (SAP ECC).

The business process of preventive maintenance is carried out to reduce breakdown maintenance costs, meet manufacturers’ recommendations, improve the quality of products, comply with legal requirements, and enhance capacity use. In general, the efficiency of a maintenance department is judged by key performance indicators (KPIs) such as mean time to failure and mean time between failures of technical assets.

As you increase the intensity of preventive maintenance, breakdown maintenance requirements fall, but the total cost of operations may rise. You can optimize this by formulating appropriate preventive maintenance plans according to the recommendations of asset manufacturers or industry experts.

SAP Enterprise Asset Management (EAM), also known as Plant Maintenance, has different types of preventive maintenance plans. These plans meet the preventive maintenance requirements of different types of technical assets. Enhanced multiple counter plan (EMCP) is the most versatile of all the plans that are applicable for equipment, such as automobiles or diesel generator sets. In addition to EAM, implementing Materials Management (MM), Financial Accounting (FI), and Managerial Accounting (CO) are prerequisites for completing the end-to-end process of preventive maintenance. In EAM, SAP delivers several types of maintenance plans, as shown in Table 1.


Table 1
Maintenance plan types

Venu Cherupillil

Venu Cherupillil is a senior techno-functional consultant at PetSmart Inc. He has approximately 15 years of SAP experience in diverse areas of IS Retail, Materials Management, Enterprise Asset Management, Sales and Distribution, and various cross-application tools. He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and a master’s degree in industrial management. He holds a number of certifications from SAP, including SAP Enterprise Architecture Framework. He is also an American SAP User Group presenter and is in the list of top contributors in the SAP Community Network.

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