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Author's profile photo Stefan Resag

Obsolete Bill of Materials and Bill of Operations

In this blog post, I will have a look at the ‘Obsolete’ status for production master data, that was introduced with SAP Business ByDesign Release 2008.

Product life might come to an end, or the way how products are manufactured, might change significantly over time.

To better organize your production master data, to simplify master data maintenance, and to avoid using outdated production models, this new ‘Obsolete’ status for bill-of-materials (BoMs) and bill of operations (BoOs) can help.

You can set BoMs and BOOs to obsolete either directly from the work lists in the ‘Planning and Production Master Data’ work center, views ‘Production Bills of Materials’ and ‘Production Bills Of Operation’, or from the respective detailed UIs:

As a result, those obsolete BoMs or BoOs will not show up in the corresponding value helps.


Furthermore, the corresponding production models will be set to ‘check pending’ automatically.


When the production models are checked again for consistency, they will move into an ‘inconsistent’ status.


Moreover, the production model release run and the bill-of-material mass maintenance run will ignore any obsolete master data.


Finally, production models with an obsolete BoM or BoO can easily be selected with new queries offered in the production model work list. Also, the obsolete parameters are offered in the advanced find form of the work lists.


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      Author's profile photo Maxime Viard-Gaudin
      Maxime Viard-Gaudin

      Hi Stefan,

      Thanks for this explanation. Can you confirm that we cannot undo it for Production Model ?

      Indeed, it happens that someone set the "obsolete" status by mistake and then the Production model change to "obsolete”, which it is normal.

      When he decided to finally undo the "obsolete" on the BoM, it is working for the BoM, but the Production Model stayed on "Inconsistent" with the "obsolete Bom" flag still on, even if the BoM is not anymore obsolete. Impossible to set it back to « consistent » with the “check consistency”.



      Author's profile photo Stefan Resag
      Stefan Resag
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Maxime,

      I tried this in my system and I was able to get the PM back into a consistent status after making the corresponding BOM not obsolete again. Maybe you can try again. If it still does not work please create an incident.

      Kind regards