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So I'm trying to make some general task lists. It is requirng me to set a main work center for the operation. Why? Why can't I leave this blank and have the work center set by the maintenance plan or at the time of creating a work order?

Say I use the same gearbox in several different areas of the plant that are maintained by different crews (work centers). I would like to make one task list to change the oil in the gearbox. But since 3 or 4 different work centers might use this same task, now I have to create the EXACT SAME task list 3 or 4 different times and change the work center on each one. Why? Why can't I share task lists between work centers? Take it a step farther...why can't I share task lists between planning plants?

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A general tasklist should be created for one work centre especially if the work centres are based on work disciplines.

That is why when creating a general tasklist, it is required to assign which work centre owns that general tasklist.

When a different work centre is to carry out the work order, then the work centre can be changed to the right one if I remembered correctly.

How are your work centres set up? Are these based on work disciplines according to fluid handling, machinery, electrical, instrument and civil or work areas?
RM
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I don't have access to an SAP Support Center or an ICT Engineer.

I have "Plant Maintenance with SAP" by SAP Press but I find most SAP writings so obtuse and beating around the bush that they never really tell me what to do or how to do it.

My work centers are setup by area and shift. This is a food company. So for example, I could have Raw-1, Raw-2, and Raw-3, which would be the mechanics that work on the raw side 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, shift. Then I'll have Cooked-1, Cooked-2, and Cooked-3, which would be the mechanics that work on the cooked side 1st, 2nd, and 3rd shift. These are teams of mechanics not 1 work center for 1 mechanic.

So right now, if I make a general task list, it has to be assigned a work center on the operations tab. Why? If I want to make a general task list on how to change oil in a gear box, and it can be completed by any of the 6 work centers, I now have to make the exact same task list 6 different times, one for each work center. If I don't it screws up the reporting. If I make a work order to go change the oil in the gear box, and on the order I tell it Raw-1 work center is doing the work, if I attach a general task list already made up to change that oil SAP reports the work center from the operation on the task list despite the fact that I specifically setup the work order for a different work center. So I assigned the order to Raw-1 work center, but the task list was written for Cooked-3 work center, the confirmed hours report will give the hours to the Cooked-3 work order not Raw-1. So basically now I have to have 6 different task lists? Isn't this defeating the purpose of using general tasks lists? If we change oil types and I want to update the task list, I want to do it on 1 task list not 6. They are all the same except the work center has to be defined on the task list which seems wrong to me.
RM
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My work centers are setup by area and shift. This is a food company. So for example, I could have Raw-1, Raw-2, and Raw-3, which would be the mechanics that work on the raw side 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, shift. Then I'll have Cooked-1, Cooked-2, and Cooded-3, which would be the mechanics that work on the cooked side 1st, 2nd, and 3rd shift. These are teams of mechanics not 1 work center for 1 mechanic.


It seems that you have basically 3 work centres based on 3 shifts, regardless whether the technicians work on which RAWs or COOKED's. Of course the teams can be split into 2 teams ie RAW and COOKED if the process area is large and many equipment.

Do your general tasklists contain steps which require multi-discipline technicians to carry out them or just one discipline eg only mechanics?

A few options that may be considered:

1) Create a work centre for the whole Maint Dept which can then be changed to the right work centre to execute the work order. This can be an interim measure before getting the second option below.

2) Ask ICT or SAP to change the work centre field characteristic from mandatory to optional field.

Others with ICT background may chip in here.
RM

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