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Equipment PRT availability

Hi,

I have recently started training towards SAP PM certification and have just came across use of PRT within maintenance orders. From my understanding I can create equipment or materials for use as PRT on an operation.

It makes sense to me that things like fork lifts, cherry picker etc would be more suited towards being created as an equipment PRT, but the problem comes when I want SAP to report that these items are currently in use on existing work orders.

For example, i have order 1 already using equipment A and order 2 now requires the same equipment PRT.

At the moment there is no notification to show that equipment A is already in use and cannot be assigned to order 2.

Has anyone had success getting this to work?

Regards.

Paul

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    Mar 15, 2017 at 05:16 PM

    Paul,

    You can search for order with PRTs via IW38/9.

    However, the availability checking and reporting PRT is very weak in SAP.

    Availability checks for PRTs can be configured via transaction OIOI (SPRO->Define Inspection Control).

    PeteA

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    • Former Member

      HI Pete,

      Thank you for the input. I am in the same position as Craig. From an operational side, it appears that using equipment PRT's for a tracking purpose is a bit redundant and you might be better off instead using material PRT's and assigning them to components for tracking and availability checks. This also raises the question, why use PRT equipment/materials at all?

      Regards.

      Paul

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    Mar 15, 2017 at 05:51 PM

    Hi Pete, long time admirer of your replies on these forums, you've saved me a lot of time and tears!

    Paul has perfectly described something that has frustrated me for many years, and I always held out hope that it would be addressed by SAP.

    This is a very typical business scenario, where a limited number of assets (eg. Mobile Crane) is required to service an entire maintenance team. By creating the Crane as an Equipment PRT, we can assign it to the relevant maintenance operations. The problem is as you say, we can't run an availability check to ensure there are no planning clashes, which leaves me wondering what value Equipment PRTs offer us?

    In my experience, businesses therefore use offline processes (spreadsheets, white boards, post-it notes...) to manage the assignment of Cranes etc... Which is really disappointing from a user perspective where we would like to contain all our planning under one system.

    Are you aware of SAP making any change to this (lack of) functionality (S4 Hana?) Trawling the archives I can see that many people have asked similar questions for the best part of 10 years... Like I say, disappointing!

    Cheers, and thanks again for so many knowledgable posts.

    Craig

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