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Combined Production Order Processing (DIMP)

Business Process of Order Combination:

In certain segments of industry, including the steel, paper, and textile industries, but also the tools and special-purpose machinery sectors, the same operations are used to manufacture different products. These operations may include producing a melt,continuous casting, and hot and cold rolling. The operations before and after these identical operations are different for different products.

The order combination function allows you to combine the sequences of identical operations in a consolidated production order.

This document shows how two production orders created for the same material are combined. However, there is no system restriction in regard to the combination of production orders with different header material or the mix of MTO and MTS orders.


  • In this scenario, a combined order is created from two individual orders using the same operations and components.
  • The confirmation and the goods issue are performed against the combined order.
  • The goods receipt is performed against the individual orders.
  • The costs of the combined order are settled to the individual orders


  • Combining machine processes for orders that run at the same time ;ie Reduction in setup time
  • Settling the costs to the individual orders.


  • SAP ECC 6.0
  • Industry Solution ECC-DIMP to be activated in SFW5



SPRO – Production – Shop floor control – Master data – Order – Administer selection profile for the combination.

Create the selection profile as displayed below:


Process Flow:

  • Creation of two original production orders for finished products (CO01)
  • Combination of the two original production orders into one combined order (MILL_OC)
  • Post good issue against the combined order(MIGO)
  • Confirmation of the combined order(CO11N)
  • Post the goods receipt against individual orders.(MB31)
  • Technical completion of combined order.
  • Cost settlement of the combined order to the original orders

Process Flow with screen shots:

There are two scenarios handled in combination order process.

  1. Combination of production orders belonging to same material derived from single sales order.
  2. Combination of production orders belonging to same material derived from two different sales orders.

1. Creation of Production Orders: ( Tcode: CO01/CO41)

List of production orders created against sales order 337372

List of production orders created against sales order 337373

2. Combination of Original production orders into combined order ( Tcode : MILL_OC)

In standard MILL_OC is the tcode used for combining the production orders. More than two production orders also can be combined. Select the plant, selection profile and order numbers which needs to be combined as shown below.

Various options are available like imputing sales order number or material number or production order numbers. In the below example production orders numbers which needs to be combined are entered.

Observe the BOM of the combination order. Two negative elements are created automatically for two original orders combined.

3. Goods issue against combined order ( Tcode : MIGO)

Good Issue to the combination order –Tcode MIGO

Material cost for the combination order.

4. Confirmation against combined order: (Tcode : CO11N)

Go to T-code CO11N and confirm the operations of combination order

Confirmation of first operation 0010

5. Goods Receipt against Original Orders: (Auto GR -CO11N or MB31)

Auto GR while doing confirmation of last operation is possible.

While confirming the last operation for combination order, click on the Quantity Distribution button as shown below to distribute the total GR quantity to original orders

Below screen will appear, showing the confirmation quantity against the individual order. Click on execute or press F8.

Below message will appear the showing the confirmation for original orders.

Original Order 337372100002 after GR completion with delivered qty of 3

Original Order 337373100002 after GR completion with delivered qty of 3

Documentation Referred:

874471 – Additions for installing or activating ECC-DIMP on ECC 6.0

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  • It's useful and informative .

    We are also using the similar kind of solution in Industrial Equipment manufacturing .We named it as Umbrella  Order .Apart from that we are using a collective report where  user will combine the order reference to  design specification  , operation details of any routing .

    Thanks for sharing .



  • Ramagiri,

    Have you used Process batches in DIMP solution? I am struggling to get the create process batch push button to appear in CO11N. done all the settings as per SAP help file.

    Could not figure out what the issue is. If you have used process bathes in your DIMP system, let me know.

    Thanks for your document on combined order

  • Hi

    Nice document and well presented

    I have query in this cant we do GR for combination order instead of quantity split or else manual GR for combination order


    • Hi Venkat,

      Thanks for your feedback. We cannot do GR for combined order. GR to be done for the orginal orders only. Cost captured on combined order needs to be proportionally moved on orginal orders.

      Thanks & Regards,


  • Hi,

          i'm facing problem in the last step.

    Auto GR is not triggered. But system is displaying the confirmation for individual order, if i check in the individual order delivered quantity is zero.

    no goods movements captured for the individual order.

    please advice

    • Shubhakar,

      GR in combined order is done only against Individual order. So confirmation against Combined order will not trigger Auto GR for Individual orders.

      Hope this helps.



  • Hi,

    I can use MILL_OC to create the combination order.  but the element display in MD04 is very strange .  The Negative quantity of the component in the combination order , which are from original header material, display in the MD04 and involved in calculation as a receipt elements.  do you know how to solve the problem.

    thank you so much.

  • Nice concept document, few questions on details from my end:

    1. Does Order combining also do scheduling? Is there a way to STOP when External Scheduling (non-APO) used?
    2. How does Combining Operations differ from Combining Orders?
    3. Is a Reference Order a MUST? What is its use in creating Combined Orders?
    4. What is the use of combining Operations? Potentially, all Operations on a Routing must be combined, else how will we segregate ops within a given routing, if we combine only a few?
    5. Is Order combination possible with MTO & MTS Configurable products?