SAP Counter Reading Automation
- Method 1: Stand-alone Excel Import (labor intensive)
- Method 2: Import from FMS via Excel (manual)
- Method 3: Import from FMS via APIs (automated)
- Method 4: Import from Telemetry & APIs (highly automated)
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Most mining companies use SAP to manage their Planned Maintenance for Mobile Equipment. SAP’s PM module allows maintenance planners to streamline their mobile maintenance planning process. It is also used to easily plan labor and material activities, manage maintenance requests, and perform repairs. When setup and used correctly, SAP automatically trigger processes in other SAP modules – for example, a Repair activity on a Jumbo’s Boom may trigger a purchase request for non-stock materials in MM or Purchasing modules.
That said, as powerful as it is, SAP’s user interface can be intimidating for maintenance supervisors and technicians at a mine site. Simple activities such as updating meter readings that are required to be updated to enable powerful SAP business logic to execute maintenance strategies can seem daunting to the end-users.
Therefore, it behooves the mine to automate and streamline the entire process of capturing meter data directly from the equipment to automate the maintenance planning process within SAP. Everything in SAP PM revolves is structured around master data stored in master data tables. Master data types include equipment, location, classes, characteristics, task lists, catalogs, construction types (materials BOMs), measuring points, and counters. Counters specifically are data about equipment use, such as wear and tear or consumption.
In this e-Book, we look at 4 ways to streamline meter data entry (which can be extrapolated to any data that comes from Mobile or Fixed equipment that needs to be imported into SAP).
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