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Author's profile photo Ritesh Dube

Material Variant Matching , exclusion of characterstic

In line with document how to create material variant , we have seen while creating material variant its not obligatory
to choose and setup value for all the characteristic in a material variant, it may possible for our business to create material variant based upon few important characteristic of a configurable material only and when we create such variant there is possibility of miss match when user assign values to characteristic which are not covered in material variant and with such selection , the material variant will not be selected due to miss match during type matching.

 This document will help setting up characteristic value excluded during variant matching.

Transaction: SA38




Choose System -> Services ->Reporting




Enter the name of the report: RCU_EXCL_CHARACTERISTICS.

You  can specify material number & name of characteristic which needs to be excluded from type matching, In the lists, you can then mark the characteristics for exclusion in the relevant application.


The system stores the selected characteristics in table CABN_EXCL.


This table is read during type matching. Only those characteristics are then permitted in the relevant application that are
not stored in this table, or if they are stored in this table, are not marked for exclusion from this application.




Specify the number of the relevant material or the characteristic that you want to exclude from the search and choose .execute


If same material is being used in many different plants, you can specify this exclusion is plant specific or valid for all plants.




Select the Exclusion Types indicator for the characteristic or combination of material and characteristic to exclude it from the search


Choose  save


Hope it will be useful document for you, please comment.



Note: All screen copied are from SAP IDES

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      Author's profile photo sam paton
      sam paton

      Good document, I can see in 3rd screen it says something on serial number too, can you include information on that too?



      Author's profile photo Ritesh Dube
      Ritesh Dube
      Blog Post Author

      Intresting obeservation 🙂 .

      I covered that portion with comment as I am not disccusing any thing about serial number in this thread.

      If you are aware of report comparing serial number configuration, in that report it may possible you want to compare those serial number based upon only few characterstic associated with material not all the characterstic in the material and serial number /equipment.


      The way i explain for variant macthing on same path you can exclude this characterstic's from serial number comparison too.

      Hope this explanation works. 🙂



      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Marvelous ..Bro.........................This one has saved me.

      Author's profile photo Solomon Macwan
      Solomon Macwan

      Dear Ritesh,

      Very very nice and helpful document .

      But I am having one problem, when we select the material variant, the characteristics which are not comparing are not copied into the sales order.




      Author's profile photo Gopal Ramlal
      Gopal Ramlal

      Very informative , thanks for sharing it.

      Author's profile photo SAP WMEWM

      Nice document. Keep it up.