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Author's profile photo Ritesh Dube

Make to stock with configurable material

Hello Guys,

When I started with SAP and build my very first VC model, I used strategy 25 in material master , which says “Make-to-order for configurable material”

and at thats point of time my understanding was 25 is meant for MTO and there exist a strategy **  which would be “” Make-to-stock for configurable material”

But i havent find , so since long time I am looking for information on this topic, my first result was its not possible.

reason was configurable materials are highly engineered products, and produced only when we have a buyer for them.

But is it really true? I dont think we ever have a 100% make to order or 100% make to stock.

Even in case of make to order , there are certain assemplies as well as components which are procured or produced well in advance in enticipation of order.

So now the question was how to plan sub assemblies for my configurable material such that the lead time should be as low as MTS.

Some more search and reading take me to strategy 56 ” BOM characteristics planning”,

The strategies for configurable materials allow you to plan products with an almost unlimited number of possible combinations of characteristics and characteristics values.

if you want to plan a product that uses a feasible combination of characteristic values and that does not include final assembly.

Typical examples of such products are cars, elevators, forklifts, trucks, buses. If we try to create variant for all posisble conbinations , thousands of material variant needs to be created.

Below is the list of features strategy 56 have

  • Very high number of variants
  • Plan BOM components corresponding to characterstics
  • BOM changes frequently
  • Long BOM structures
  • Requirements maintained automatically
  • Configuration of materials in MD61 (planned independent requirements)
  • Requirements determined according to usage probabilities

When creating or changing the planned independent requirements for configurable materials, the quantities and dates
of the planned independent requirements and the usage probabilities are maintained individually per date and quantity.

Create PIR for configurable material by specifying quantity, dates, usage probability

Create Planning Profile for Characteristics Planning

Mark those characteristics that should have a usage probability in demand management as Relevant for planning

Run MRP and planning for all levels will be done for all lower level.

Whenever a sales order will be created for configurable product it will consume the PIR plan through characteristic planning.

I am planning to create a document covering example for this strategy soon.

Reuesting you to share your experiance on this strategy if you are already using it.

Thanks

Ritesh

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      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      you can also look into STR 63.

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Ritesh, can we consume a configurable Material to produce a configurable Material in any MTO strategy ?

      Thx

      Sastry

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

      Sastry TL,

      Well by design configurable materials works with only with Make to order startegy.

      You can build a structure like, header configurable material & its BOM have another configurable material. while creating sales order , you will configure both header and component materials. sales order linked production order will be created for component , produce it and then consume the component to build the header configurable material.

      Give it a try in your sand box and open a thread if you see any issue.

      Thanks

      Ritesh

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Thanks for your reply Ritesh

      I have created two configurable materials (FG and SFG) and created BOM for both, and assigned SFG component in FG BOM, while creating the Sales order I can able to configure the FG but not SFG (as you told above "while creating sales order , you will configure both header and component materials")

      Plz guide me

      Thanks

      Sastry

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

      Possibility is your not refering to lower level item from higher level item.

      I again suggest you same, please create a new thread in ,SAP ERP PLM - Classification and Variant Configuration

      Explaining deatils about structure like how many classes,characterstic your FG n SFG have and the relation between those two.

      You may get favarable replies.

      Thanks

      Ritesh

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Thanks Ritesh

      I have created the thread as per your suggestion http://scn.sap.com/thread/3735733

      Thanks

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

      Thanks, i already replied to it. 🙂

      Please rate this document if you find it usefull.

      Thanks

      Ritesh

      Author's profile photo Gopal Ramlal
      Gopal Ramlal

      Good document.