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May 05, 2017 at 11:58 AM


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Dear community,

One of my clients asks me if it would be possible to create one BOM with different alternatives (1, 2, 3...), each alternative representing the usual BOM that a customer purchases - they want that at the moment of the contract creation, given the customer and the BOM/Material, the system determines automatically the correct alternative.

CS01 - BOM creation

VA31 - Scheduling Agreement - at entering the material the system should check the "sold-to-party" and BOM material and choose automatically the "Alternative BOM"

Is there something SAP standard I could use to achieve that? How would you resolve this question?

Any ideas will be appreciated. Thanks.

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May be you need to rephrase your question with some examples for better clarity.


Please Mr Lakshmipathi,

Do not hesitate to ask me for more clarification if required. Thank you very much.

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David Rodríguez de Francisco May 05, 2017 at 01:03 PM

Ideally, I would use material determination to substitute BUT it looks like I cannot add the field "alternative BOM" into the condition tables...

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What is your question exactly? There is not even a question mark anywhere. I'm confused...

If you google "alternative BOM" the very first item is an SCN post from 2009 explaining how alternative BOM works in general. There are 5k+ other results if you need more information.


I rephrased the content. I hope it's more clear now.

Thanks for your comments,

Jürgen L
May 08, 2017 at 07:34 AM

I am not aware of any option to suggest an alternative Bom from sales order to production, and certainly not based on customer number..

Why is it not a different material number, or done with a configurable material?

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- "Why not a different material number"?

I agree with you - different material numbers - different BOMs and the use of VB11 (material determination) might be enough. I guess that they prefer not to maintain multiple master data...

- " or done with a configurable material"

I've never worked with configurable materials - I'll have a look at it.

Thanks Jürgen!