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Operation Level Costing in Plant Maintenance

The following blog is written by Dave Louie – Senior Education Consultant in the North America SAP Education Delivery Organization.  Dave specializes in the areas of Plant Maintenance (PM), Project System (PS) and Materials Management (MM).  He is also a subject matter expert in the areas of Suppler Relationship Management (SRM).  Dave has 15 years of SAP experience and is one of the authors for the Plant Maintenance certification exam.  He is certified in Plant Maintenance (Associate level) and Materials Management (Professional level).  Dave can be contacted via email at




There has always been a need to cost out individual operations during maintenance while tracking the aggregated total for the entire order.  Up until ECC 6.0 EhP4, this was not possible.  The costs for the work order can only be track as an aggregated total.  As of ECC 6.0 EhP5, it is possible to track costs at the operation level.  Different cost account assignments can be assigned to individual operations within a maintenance order.  With operation level costing, an order can post each operation’s cost to different costing objects, i.e. WBS elements, cost center, material, etc.  The account assignment details for an operation are shown on the Account Assignment tab of the Operation Detail view. Sub-operation account assignment values are inherited from the superior operation.  Defaulting for operation takes place when a new operation is created. The operation takes on the order header values as defaults.




Operation Level costing function must be activated within SAP Customizing (IMG). 


SAP Customizing → Plant Maintenance and Customer Service → Maintenance and Service Processing → Maintenance and Service Orders →Functions and Settings for Order Types → Costs at Operation Level




This topic is relevant to certification.  Additional information on Operation Level Costing and detailed customizing steps for maintenance order can be found in SAP Education training class PLM315 – Maintenance Processing:  Operational Functions and DPM65 – Enhancements in EAM SAP ECC 6.0 EhP 1 -5 and online training course DPM65r.

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      Author's profile photo Osvaldo Lopez
      Osvaldo Lopez

      Great post!!!


      Author's profile photo Ravi Prakash
      Ravi Prakash

      Good for knowledge reference Kenneth keep posted please.

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      Former Member

      Hello Dave,

      How are you? I was one of your PLM class..

      I do not have costs at operational level in sap configuration do I have to activate any business functions?



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      Former Member

      Hello Dave,

      I need to activate Business Function LOG_EAM_CI_6 and one of the pre-requisite is to activate LOG_EAM_OLC - Operation Account Assignment. My client does not have a requirement to use operation costing. They only want to use DMS attachment at work order header which is part of LOG_EAM_CI_6.


      1. If I activate LOG_EAM_OLC - Operation Account Assignment, settlement will still be at the header level? It will only switch to operation level once I set the config per order type.

      2. Do you know of any major impact when I activate LOG_EAM_OLC - Operation Account Assignment.

      Thanks for your help,