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Variant Configuration, with or without BOM?

Former Member
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Hi guru's,

We have configured Variant Configuration in ECC 5.0 and there you have two options:

1. You configure your product with use of characteristics, classes and a configuration profile, so without a BOM. When you are done configuring your product and add it to your sales order, it doesn’t show the options you have selected (unless you click 'item details: configuration') only your main configurable product

2. You configure your product with use of characteristics, classes and a configuration profile and with a BOM to which you have assigned different classes. When you are done configuring your product and add it to your sales order, it does show the options you have selected as sub-items in your sales order.

My question is: When to use which scenario?!

(note: we are replicating it to CRM 5.0 as well, so only a single level BOM explosion is possible)

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P. Egmond

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Former Member
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Youe first scenario will be purely after receiving sales order..means after getting the customer requirement you can create BOM for the customer from CS61 and run MRP from MD50. This you can do if you more than 99 variants.

Your second scenario is MTO with variant configuration...you can have super BOM with depencies for the characters and while creatind sales order, SD person will have the options to choose the avauilable compoenents and create sales orders...here you will be having some selected combinations only for example you can make car with red colour only but with green not possible...then incase of green SD person will get information that this product is not possible.

But in above case you can make any product as per the customer wish.

If any question then let me know.

Regards

TAJUDDIN

Former Member
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So if I am not mistaking, for the first scenario you manually have to create a BOM after getting the complete list of requirements while in the second scenario you create a BOM straight away which gives you same end result but is less work?

If so, which scenario would you advise?

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P. Egmond

Former Member
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Yes, you are correct.

The scenario will depend on the number of variants exists for the end products. In SAP you can have max 99 variants only. if more variants then variant config not possible. For example in paint industry you have lot of variants more than 3000 which is not possible to go with super BOM and routing.

For CAR and computer you can go with variant config.

I will prefer first scenario with pure MTO because we will not be having problems of maintainig the object depencies specially if costs change frequently then there will be lot problems in costings side which requires time to time maintenece.

Regards

TAJUDDIN

Former Member
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ok but how do you show your configured products directly in your sales order without using a (super)BOM?

Former Member
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With only MTO scenario this is not possible because the product will be based on the sales order only. You can create seperate item category for this distinguish that this product is having variant characteristcs. and you can assign the characreristics through a class in classification for information purpose.

WIth Variant you can show this with item category. 0002 standard. You cannot use this for MTO.

Regards

TAJUDDIN

Former Member
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ok thx for your anwser

Former Member
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You are welcome.

Regards

TAJUDDIN

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udo_werner
Product and Topic Expert
Product and Topic Expert
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Hi,

Could you give some info on the product and the kind of configuration it carries? that would help to judge on the right answer.

best regards,

Udo

Former Member
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We make use of configurable Personal Computers:

Configurable PC 1

- Mainboard

- Harddrive

- CD/DVD player

- Soundcard (optional)

- etc. etc.

So some things are required and some are optional, is this enough information?

Regards, Pim