Enterprise Resource Planning Blogs by Members
Gain new perspectives and knowledge about enterprise resource planning in blog posts from community members. Share your own comments and ERP insights today!
Showing results for 
Search instead for 
Did you mean: 
Former Member


Adding a custom tab to PLM Web UI can be tricky. Luckily SAP has made the PLM Web UI extensible thanks to Service Provider (SP), Floorplan Manager (FPM) and Web Dynpro ABAP (WDA).


PLM 7.02 on ERP 6.0 EHP6 SPS04 was used while writing this document.


Go to SE18 and use Enhancement Spot /PLMU/ES_FRW_CONSUMER_APPCC to create your own enhancement. Use BAdI definition /PLMU/EX_FRW_CONSUMER_APPCC. Define a filter to restrict to a specific PLM Web UI application (WD_APPLICATION_NAME) and configuration (WDAPPLICATIONCONFIGURATIONID) unless you want your tab to be visible in all applications. For example to add a tab only to the standard Document (DIR) PLM Web UI application define WD_APPLICATION_NAME as /PLMU/WDA_DIR_OIF and WDAPPLICATIONCONFIGURATIONID as /PLMU/WDC_DIR_OIF_CFG. Of course if you have defined an Z application configuration, you would use that instead of the standard one.

In the implementing class, method /PLMU/IF_EX_FRW_CONSUMER_APPCC~OVERRIDE_EVENT_OIF define the logic to add the custom tab. To add a custom tab, use the following code:

      data ls_uibb            type if_fpm_oif=>ty_s_uibb.

      data lt_uibb            type if_fpm_oif=>ty_t_uibb.

      clear lt_uibb[].

      clear ls_uibb.

      ls_uibb-component     = '<WEBDYNPROCOMPONENT>'.

      ls_uibb-interface_view = '<WEBDYNPROCOMPONENTWINDOW>'.

      append ls_uibb to lt_uibb.


          call method io_oif->add_mainview


              iv_variant_id   = '<VARIANT>'

              iv_mainview_id = '<MAINVIEWID>'

              iv_mainview_name = '<NAMEOFTAB>'

              iv_index       = <INDEXOFTAB>

              iv_subview_id   = '<SUBVIEWID>'

              iv_subview_name = '<SUBVIEWNAME>'

              it_uibb         = lt_uibb.

        catch cx_fpm_floorplan .


If you want to check if the tab is already visible use the following code:

  data lt_mainviews    type if_fpm_oif=>ty_t_mainview.

  data ls_mainviews    type if_fpm_oif=>ty_s_mainview.

  data lv_tabvisible   type boole_d.


      call method io_oif->get_mainviews


          iv_variant_id = '<VARIANT>'


          et_mainview = lt_mainviews.

      loop at lt_mainviews into ls_mainviews.

        if ls_mainviews-variant = '<VARIANT>' and

          ls_mainviews-id     = '<MAINVIEWID>'.

          lv_tabvisible = abap_true.




    catch cx_fpm_floorplan .


Data Sharing

In PLM Web UI, like any modular implementation, data sharing becomes an issue. Assistance classes are heavily used in PLM Web UI for data sharing. By using the same assistance class in your custom component you will have visibility to the context of the main component. For example in the above example if you wanted to query for the current document type, you would use the following code:

  data lo_node            type ref to if_wd_context_node.

  data lo_element         type ref to if_wd_context_element.

  data ls_init            type /plmb/s_dir_init.

  if /plmu/cl_dir_appl_assist=>go_context is bound.

    lo_node = /plmu/cl_dir_appl_assist=>go_context->get_child_node( /plmu/if_dir_c=>gc_init ).

    if lo_node is bound.

      lo_element = lo_node->get_element(  ).

      if lo_element is bound.

        lo_element->get_static_attributes( importing static_attributes = ls_init ).

        if ls_init-documenttype eq 'XYZ'.




Event Processing

Whenever the custom tab is active, events can be handled in method PROCESS_EVENT of the component interface IF_FPM_UI_BUILDING_BLOCK. When the custom tab isn't active, events can be handled in method SAVE of the component interface IF_FPM_TRANSACTION. For the latter event to be triggered the custom tab must have been initialized meaning the user must have clicked on the tab at least once. When the custom tab is active, it might make sense to also call event processing of the main component.


ABAP source code in this document was formatted using the ABAP code lighter for SCN by george.shlyahov.