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SAP QM scenario for Water Testing

Hi QM Gurus,

I am currently working on a POC to implement SAP QM in water utility company.

I will briefly explain the scenario and challenges:


The client has multiple sites where they store water and regularly draws water samples and send it to third party lab for tests like pH value, Turbidity etc. and receives back test result.

The test results are checked against predefined parameters for e.g.

pH value is checked in the scale range of 5 to 10. They break the pH values into four different upper and lower limit so that different department should work in case of out of spec limit.


Lower Limit upper Limit

6.3 7.7

6 8

5 9

4 10

Configuration and master data:

I have created

1. the sites as functional location

2. created charac as pH_Test

3. created MIC using reference charac function

4. created Sampling procedure with sample size as 1

5. Created General maintenance task list and assigned inspection point 310(functional location)

6. Created PM06 order.


While doing result recording I am only seeing only one specification not all defined in MIC.

As far as I know we can't see 1st/ 2nd lower and upper spec(not sure, though).

Please help finding out where I am wrong.



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  • I believe that is standard behavior. If you look at the F1 Help on the 1st/2nd lower and upper spec fields it says "The system does not use the contents of this field. This field provides a place to store a user-specified limit value that is relevant for a quantitative characteristic."

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  • Best Answer
    Mar 08, 2017 at 07:38 PM

    I think to resolve your problem you need to use at least four characteristics, possibly 5 if you want to.

    MIC A = recorded pH - 0.0 - 14.0

    MIC B = recorded pH - 6.3 - 7.7

    MIC C = recorded pH - 6.0 - 8.0

    MIC D = recorded pH - 5.0 - 9.0

    MIC E = recorded pH - 4.0 - 10.0

    Characteristics B,C,D,E are calculated characteristics. MIC A is where you record the test result. MIC's B,C,D,E all use the same formula, "CO0010" where 0010 is the characteristis sort number used for MIC A. That way, the result is enterred once, but checked agains the 4 specs maintained in Chara B,C,D, E.

    You could get fancy and create an out-of-spec, (OOS), quality notification for each OOS result and have the notification automatically routed to the correct department that needs to now do work as a result of the OOS result.


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