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Author's profile photo Vinodh Kumar Kizakethil

Changing Device Category of a Device

Under various circumstances it will be required to change certain characteristics of an installed device. At many times it is possible to make the required changes to the device directly using the transaction IQ02 / EG42. But sometimes it is required to change several characteristics of a device which may even necessitate to remove the meter and re-install the meter with new characteristics. One of the example scenario is that AMI meters have been installed as a non-AMI device. Later the AMI features were required to be activated.

One approach is to remove the non-AMI meter and then install the same device created under AMI device with the required features. This would result in unnecessary device removals and installations. An alternative approach is to change the device category to an AMI device category for the devices. The steps involved in transaction are shown below:


Select “Change material number” and change the device category of the device. Programmatically this can be achieved using BAPI_EQUI_CHANGE. In the non-AMI to AMI device category change example, the devices under the AMI relevant Device Category are converted to AMI using the standard SAP program REAMI_FILL_AMS_AMCG_IN_DEVICE.

The device category change feature will also be helpful, in cases where devices have been created by mistake under incorrect device categories and installed. Data correction can be done without involving device removal, new device creation and installation.

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      Author's profile photo Ricky Shaw
      Ricky Shaw

      Hi Vinodh,

      I tried this feature sometime back. It resulted in assigning old number range for new device .

      Best way is to remove old device & install the new AMI device.

      Author's profile photo Vinodh Kumar Kizakethil
      Vinodh Kumar Kizakethil
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Ricky,

      Thanks for pointing out. So this approach is suggested in only scenarios where a device has been incorrectly created under a different device category and we need to change the device category and also both the device categories can have the same number range or are having external number ranges.

      With thanks & regards,