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Material Master Length

We are converting from a system where the material number is 25 characters long to SAP where I believe it is 18 characters long. What are our options for conversion? Can we store the 25 character number in another field? Or can we increase the 18 character limit by using some other feature like Extended Long Material number?

Thanks in advance,

Matt

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  • Posted on Jun 29, 2011 at 07:30 PM

    I bet that this 25 characters long material number has some logic within which is usually not needed when working with SAP and all the options you have there to search for a material number.

    You can use the material classification to store this old material number, and it is even possible to search for this number in standard mateial matchcodes then.

    however, it requires some development if you want print this number anywhere in forms or reports.

    SAP has as well the feature to use long material numbers (and there a many OSS notes for program fixes in this area too, so it is not even easy for SAP to work with such long numbers) if you have to stay with these numbers for some "legal" reasons.

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    Posted on Jun 29, 2011 at 08:00 PM

    Hi,

    It is better to design and use short forms (like Material=Matl) to bring the 25 characters into 18.

    Regards,

    BK

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    • Hi,

      In material master the field lenght is 18 also there is field in basic data 1 there you can maintain the material code as per your old system but for that also the lenght is only 18, you can use screen exit with this you can add new field in material master with lenght 25 character.

      regards,

      zafar

  • Posted on Jun 30, 2011 at 05:47 AM

    Why can't you use coding for material and use Material Description (Short Text) for detail where u can go up to 40 Chara.

    Thanks & Regards

    Rajendran

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  • Posted on Jun 30, 2011 at 06:03 AM

    search OSS, there are hundreds of notes

    start with

    Note 735529 - FAQ: DIMP/DI long material number and MPN

    and 831966 - Restrictions when Implementing the Long Material Number LMN

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