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Variant Configuration with Phantom Item in low level configuration


I have a question in the variant configuration, I am using variant configuration with many phantom items BOM with different characteristics. while trying to read the characteristics of parent rather using "$parent" or using parent in CULR functions.

In Case of phantom item, the system reads the finished product directly please find the following example

I have finished product Finished Product A with the following structure

Finished product A

Phantom Item 1

Row material 1 (while using dependency in this level with $parent it returns the characteristics of "Finished Product A" not "Phantom Item 1"

Row Material 2

This happens in low level configuration (Production order) in the high level configuration (eg. Simulation in CU50) it works fine.

Thanks in Advance.

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    Posted on Nov 02, 2015 at 12:25 PM


    When the BOM is exploded, every configurable material must have a configuration assigned. If it has no own configuration, it is taken from the next level above (parent material) automatically

    If the material is configurable, but it does not have a configuration profile, create one by using transaction CU41. a phantom material is configurable, but has no configuration profile.

    Best Regards,


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      Thanks a lot R Brahmanker I missed creating the configuration profile. I just have one question, can we use parent with material with class 200?

      Thanks again

  • Posted on Nov 02, 2015 at 12:43 PM


    Its possible to define variant specific parameter in FG level only. Hence generate dependency for RM01 using function $parent and based on selection condition you can access RM01 for production.

    Actually what is ur point in higher level and lower level in CU50. What output you want the system to generate at what condition.

    Thanks With Regards,

    Dinesh V.

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      Hi Dinesh,

      thank you for your reply, what I meant is that I have simi-finished (phantom item) with specific characteristics, what I need is to read the characteristic of the phantom item in the RM01 using parent function