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Dear all

wht is use of item category text in bom? and how it will work?

At time of creation of production order the item category is copied in production order or not ?

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The item categors in the BOM will identify whether the material is stockable, non stockable, text item....and in standard they have many like that. The configuration of the item category can be made.

This item category is copied to the production order also when the BOM copied to production order.



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Bill of Material Item


The components of a technical object are located in the items of the BOM. Item data is only valid for a particular item within the BOM.


Items are differentiated by their category (). The item categories are differentiated by an item category key.

Further important item indicators are

Item Status

Data relevant to Plant Maintenance

Item Category

Stock item

This item category applies to components which are kept as stock. Any components entered with this category in the BOM must have a valid master record in the system.

When you use this item category, stock item components are automatically reserved for the maintenance order.

Non-stock item

This item category is used for components which are not kept in stock if they are used in a bill of material (BOM). Non-stock items can be entered in the BOM with or without a master record. To enter a non-stock item without a master record, you must simply enter a descriptive text.

When you use this item category, the system automatically creates a purchase requisition for these components, when they are used for maintenance purposes. This leads to order-specific materials procurement via the purchasing department.

Variable-size item

This item category enables you to specify different sized sections of a component with one material number. Variable-size items are distinguished by the fact that format entries, such as length and width, are taken and converted into the quantity required for warehouse management purposes.

When you use this item category, variable data, such as the size of a steel sheet required to repair some planking, can be entered directly by the user during order processing. You do not have create new material master records with fixed dimensions in the system each time.

Document item

This item category is for components which contain information stored as documents. A document can be a design drawing, program, photograph and so on.

When you use this item category, the bill of material (BOM) is connected to the document management system.

Text item

When you use this item category, the system stores your text in a text file using the long text processing function.

PM structure element

This item category is for components in plant maintenance which are only used for structuring a technical object (PM assembly). No plant data is necessary for this item.

This item category is only used in plant maintenance for equipment and material bills of material relevant to plant maintenance.

Class Items

The class item enables you to create a class as the components in a configurable bill of material (BOM for a standard product). Several objects can be allocated to this class, and differentiated by different characteristics.

You can find further information relevant to variant configuration in the SAP documentation PP- Variant Configuration.

Item Category Key

The different item categories are represented by a letter key in the standard SAP System:

L stock item

N non-stock item

R variable-size item

D document item

T text item

I PM structure element

K class item

As the letters of an item category key are defined in Customizing, you can adapt the letters accordingly.

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