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Did you ever tried to use EAN material numbers when entering a sales order via an IDOC?
How did you do it?  Did you need to use a customer exit to look up a real material number?
Did you by any chance use an lookup from your Integration Server (like Exchange Infrastructure)?
Did you know it’s not necessary ?  With a little additional configuration you can use  EAN material numbers
to create your EDI orders in standard. 

Step 1

– at first you need to check the length of your material number
(it needs to be at least as long as the EAN number  that you will try to use)
If material number is longer then EAN you can proceed to step 2.

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Step 2

– next you need to specify the EAN material – SAP material  mapping.
You can do it in the material determination screen  via transaction VB11.
Make sure you use the reason: 0003 Internat.Article No.

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Step 3

– the next step will be to add your material determination type to your order type via transaction OV14. 

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Step 4

     – the final thing is to put your EAN material number  with 003 qualifier in your IDOC mapping (in E1EDP19 segment). 

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Now you’re ready to test your scenario. Post the IDOC and check if the EAN material number
was correctly changed to  internal SAP material number in your sales order.   

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