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Sales Contract with Material Variant at Sales Order

We are producing fabric and using make to order in SAP. Our customer give us a commitment with qty and a fixed price for certain fabric in advance, then later they release order to us with specific qty per color. We want to use Sales Contract for the customer commitment and sales order when the customer release the order with color qty to us. We are putting color in the sales order in the material variant. However we are facing the following problem:

1. Let say we have a contract 1 with 100,000 yds of material A.

2. then we have a sales order 2 of 20,000 yds of material A with color Blue refering to contract1.

3. Somehow our factory over produced Material A color blue total 25,000 yds.

4. Then we have another sales order 3 of 5,000 yds of material A with color RED referring to contract 1.

5. MRP does not create plan order for RED material A because it is showing customer stock 25,000 with contract 1 and 20,000 consume by sales order 2 and 5,000 extra. however these 5,000 extra is blue is not red and cannot fulfill sales order 3.

Any idea how to solve this problem?


Calvin Ngan

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    Posted on Jan 09, 2007 at 03:05 PM

    Hi Calvin,

    I think if you define your material as configurable, it can solve your problem.

    A car, for example, has a large number of options that need to be described wheras the order is created only at a model and variant level. Then you define values for characteristics, to allow you to select specific options, such as 'black' for paint.

    So in your case you need to define characteristics of colour(or texture or thickness) or whatever differentiates each output and add optins for each of them.

    These are asked for and stored both in your reciepts(stocks, Prod. orders, POs etc) and in your requirements(SO etc). Also MRP will differentiate between each characteristics while planning.

    Hope this helps.

    Thanks & Regards

    Santanu Dawn

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    • Former Member

      Thanks for the input. I treid your suggestion here are some issue I am facing when I use MRP strategy Make to Order with Configurable material.

      1. Material A I define as configurable material

      2. Create Sales Contract 1 for Material A, but did not put any value in color

      3. Create Sales Order 2 refering to Contract 1, and when I try to put specific color in the material variant it is not allowing to do all charateristic has been grey out.

      Any idea

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