You use this function to edit the master data for technical assets.
The term “technical asset” refers to two types of technical objects:
· An object that requires individual maintenance and must be managed individually in the “operation” and “maintenance” life-cycle phases. This type of technical asset corresponds to an equipment in R/3. Examples are telephones, PCs, software installations, pumps, and motors.
· An element of a technical asset structure. This type of technical asset corresponds to a functional location in R/3. Examples are telephone systems, refineries, and power plants.
In master data management you can transfer technical assets to equipment and functional locations in R/3. Hierarchical asset structure information is not supported.
A technical asset belongs to the product type Material. At this point in time, only the product type Material is supported and set automatically when you create a technical asset.
The product type describes the basic characteristics of a technical asset. It also defines to which categories you can assign a technical asset, and thus defines the structure of the technical asset and how it can be used.
When you create a technical asset, you must assign it to a base category. The base category controls the screen sequence and the data sequence on the tab pages (see Categories and Maintenance of Categories and Hierarchies). After a base category has been assigned once, you cannot change it.
You cannot edit technical assets using change management.
You made Customizing settings for technical assets. For more information, see the Implementation Guide (IMG) for Master Data Objects (MDM-MD) under Technical Assets.
The following overview contains the most important functions for editing technical assets.
· In the upper screen area, you can search for master data (for example, technical assets):
¡ You can search for one attribute using the Quick Search.
¡ You can search for several attributes using the Advanced Search.
For more information about searching, see Search.
· To simplify repeated search queries with the same values, you can save an advanced search query under a certain name and call it up again by choosing Display. In addition, you can call up your favorites by choosing Display.
· You can also search for replicas.
Depending on your role, you can execute several functions in the results list:
· You can create, change, and display technical assets.
If you select a technical asset or select the base category when you create a technical asset, the detail area appears in the lower screen area (see below). The technical assets are always in change mode.
Exception: The technical asset is being edited by another user and is therefore locked.
· When you distribute a technical asset, the system automatically runs a duplicate check, however only for technical assets that correspond to R/3 equipments. In contrast to a product, you cannot start the duplicate check manually.
· You can add technical assets to your favorites and remove them.
· You can switch to the form view.
Here, you edit the technical assets you selected in the list view.
If you selected an object in the results list, a detail area appears. This detail area has several tab pages. For more information about this area, see the help for the individual tab pages.
In the results list and the detail area, you can switch between the list view and the form view. Note that in the list view, the system does not display all fields under certain circumstances.
When you create technical assets, the following fields are required entry fields:
· Product Type
The product type is set automatically to Material by the system.
· Technical Asset Number
If internal number assignment is set, the system automatically assigns a number.
· Base Category
· Base Unit of Measure
The base unit of measure is set automatically to Unit by the system.
When you copy a technical asset, the system assigns an internal number and copies all data in the template. You can change the data or delete it.