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Transfer of characteristic values to APO

Dear All,

We are using characteristics to select operations (activitys) of routings (PSD) in APO. The material masterdata in R/3 contains classifications (class category 300) and we transfer them to APO by integration models. This is working without problems, the material with the classes and characteristics are transfered well.

But the problem is that we don't have values in the characteristic in APO. In /SAPAPO/MAT1 we click on "Classification" tab we click on the button next to the "Reference product" and the message below is shown:

No characteristic value assignments exist

Message no. /SAPAPO/MC01106

In R/3 the characteristics of the product have values, but not in APO.

Do you know this problem? How can we valuate characteristics in APO? Are these value also transfered by integration models (material)?

Thank you,

Thomas

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    Jul 19, 2011 at 01:22 PM

    You can have a look at a configuration guide for Best Practices for Primary Steel how Characteristics-Dependent Planning (CDP)

    is set up.

    I copy parts of the document because the Best Practices are no longer available.

    3 Configuration in SAP APO

    Make sure you have carried out the following activities before you start the data replication, otherwise the replication cannot be successfully completed, and for example, the class and characteristic assignment will not be fulfilled.

    3.1 Checking the Configuration Relevance

    Use

    In this IMG activity, you determine the configuration relevance for products in SAP APO. For this project, you must choose the setting u2018CDPu2019 so that you can run the Characteristic Dependent Planning.

    You must define the configuration relevance before classified master data and characteristics-dependent movement data is created in SAP APO.

    Procedure

    1. Access the activity using one of the following navigation options:

    SAP SCM IMG Menu Advanced Planning and Optimization  Basis Settings  Define Configuration Relevance (CDP or Variant Configuration)

    Transaction Code SPRO

    2. On the Change View u201CSet Configuration Relevanceu201D: Detail screen, choose the following entry:

    Table entry Description User action and values Note

    Settings Settings CDP

    3. Choose Save.

    4. Choose Back.

    3.2 Creating the Organizational Area

    Use

    Neither the classification customizing nor characteristic/class groups are transferred via CIF. This means that the customizing must be appropriate for the relevant class types in SAP APO and all SAP ERP systems concerned. The organizational areas are part of the customizing; therefore, they are not transferred by CIF and must be created separately in SAP APO for the relevant class type. If the organization area does not exist, the class and characteristic assignment is not made.

    Procedure

    1. Access the activity using one of the following navigation options:

    SAP SCM IMG Menu Cross-Application Components  Classification System  Classes  Maintain Object Types and Class Types

    Transaction Code SPRO

    2. On the Change View u201CObject Tableu201D: Overview screen, select the following entry from the table on the right:

    Table entry Description User action and values Note

    MARA Material Choose the button at the beginning of the table row to select the table row

    3. Double-click the Organizational Areas node in the Dialog Structure.

    4. Choose New entries to add the following entry to the table.

    Field name Description User action and values Note

    Class type 400

    Org. area ind. Indicator A

    Org. area Description e.g. APO

    5. Choose Save.

    6. Choose Back.

    3.3 Creating the Characteristic Group

    Use

    This step is only required if you have created your own characteristic group in the SAP ERP and assigned it to the characteristic which is relevant to the APO.

    Procedure

    1. Access the activity using one of the following navigation options:

    SAP SCM IMG Menu Cross-Application Components  Classification System  Characteristics  Define Characteristics Groups

    Transaction Code SPRO

    2. On the Change View: u201DCharacteristic Groupsu201D: Overview screen, choose New Entries.

    3. On the New Entries: Overview of Added Entries screen, make the following entries:

    Field name Description User action and values Note

    Group CM

    Char. Group. Characteristics for BP China Steel

    4. Choose Save.

    5. Choose Back.

    3.4 Creating the Class Group

    Use

    This step is only required if you have created your own class group in the SAP ERP and assigned it to the class which is relevant to the APO.

    Procedure

    1. Access the activity using one of the following navigation options:

    SAP SCM IMG Menu Cross-Application Components  Classification System  Classes  Define Class Groups

    Transaction Code SPRO

    2. On the Change View: u201CClass Groupsu201D: Overview screen, choose New Entries.

    3. On the New Entries: Overview of Added Entries screen, make the following entries:

    Field name Description User action and values Note

    Group CM

    Class Group. Class group for BP China Steel

    4. Choose Save.

    5. Choose Back.

    3.5 Maintaining the Reference Characteristic Mapping

    Use

    The reference characteristics refer to a table that usually has a different name in SAP ERP to the one in SAP SCM. The table reference must therefore be adjusted in a customer enhancement, or subsequently in SAP SCM. This activity must be performed before PDS with object dependencies are transferred from SAP ERP to SAP SCM.

    Procedure

    1. Access the activity using one of the following navigation options:

    SAP SCM IMG Menu Advanced Planning and Optimization  Master Data ® Classification and Configuration ® Map Object Characteristics

    Transaction Code SPRO

    2. On the Change View u201CMap Object Characteristicsu201D: Overview screen, make the following entries:

    Logical System Char. Name in Source Syst. Struct. Name in Source Syst. Fld. Name in Source Sys. Struct. Name in APO Fld Name APO

    The logical system name of your SAP ERP system, e.g. SCDCLNT902 CM_MACHINE_TIME PLPO VGW02 /SAPAPO/CULL_CFG_MODE_PRODUCE DURVAR

    The logical system name of your SAP ERP system, e.g. SCDCLNT902 CM_MENGE STPO MENGE /SAPAPO/CULL_CFG_COMPONENT QUANT

    3. Choose Save.

    4. Choose Back.

    4.3 Creating Integration Models in SAP ERP

    Use

    You create the integration models which define the master data and transaction data to be transferred to the SAP SCM system.

    The first application CUST was explained in detail. For the other application, they are explained in the simple way because of the similar procedures.

    4.3.2 Creating Application CLASS

    1. Access the activity using one of the following navigation options:

    SAP ERP Menu Logistics  Central Functions  Supply Chain Planning Interface  Core Interface Advanced Planner and Optimizer  Integration Model  Create

    Transaction Code CFM1

    2. On the Create Integration Model screen, enter the following entries to create integration model for Class/Characteristics:

    Field name Description User action and values Note

    Model Name CM-STEEL

    Logical System Enter the logical system that you have created before for the APO system, for example: SCACLNT902

    APO Application Class

    3. In the Material Independent Objects section, mark the following entries:

    Field name Description User action and values Note

    Classes/Charact Marked

    4. Choose Special Restrictions button besides Classes/Charact.

    5. On the Classes and Characteristics screen, make the following entries:

    Field name Description User action and values Note

    Org.area ind. A

    Class Type 300 Choose MultipleSelection button to enter more than one value.

    023

    Additional Chars CM_MACHINE_TIME Choose Multiple Selection button to enter more than one value.

    CM_MENGE

    CM_IVALUE

    CM_CO_TCODE

    Only the class and characteristics assigned to the organization area u2018Au2019 are included in this integration model.

    The reference characteristics CM_MACHINE_TIME and CM_MENGE used in the object dependencies are not assigned the organization area but transferred as the additional characteristics. The maintaining the reference characteristic mapping in APO should be finished before this step.

    6. On the Create Integration Model screen, choose Execute.

    7. Choose Detail to check the object list.

    8. Choose Consistency Check to conduct a consistency check of the integration model.

    9. Choose Save.

    10. Choose Back and save it as a variant:

    Field name Description User action and values Note

    Variant Name CM_CLASS

    Meaning CM Steel Class

    11. Choose Save.

    4.4 Activating Integration Models for Class, Plant and WC in SAP ERP

    Use

    After creating the integration models, you need to activate them. The activation of an integration model leads to the initial data transfer from SAP ERP to SAP APO.

    Prerequisites

    You have created the required integration models as described in the previous step.

    Procedure

    1. Access the activity using one of the following navigation options:

    SAP ERP Menu Logistics  Central Functions  Supply Chain Planning Interface  Core Interface Advanced Planner and Optimizer  Integration Model  Activate

    Transaction Code CFM2

    2. On the Activate or Deactivate Integration Model screen, make the following entries:

    Field name Description User action and values Note

    Model e.g. CM-STEEL

    Logical/target system Enter the name of the logical system for APO, e.g. SCACLNT902

    APO Application CLASS

    If several integration models exist with the same name, they will be displayed in chronological order according to date and time. They may also be assigned to different logical systems (target systems) and SAP APO applications.

    3. Choose Execute.

    You can carry out a consistency check of the integration model before activating it. To do that, on the Activate or Deactivate Integration Model screen, choose the creation date of the integration model and choose Check. This way, you can identify possible errors before the actual data transfer begins.

    4. On the Activate or Deactivate Integration Model screen, double-clicking the application CLASS.

    5. Place the cursor on the creation date of the application.

    6. Choose Active/Inactive from the application toolbar. Then a green checkmark is placed after the creation date.

    7. Choose Start.

    The message Integration Model has been successfully activated (or deactivated) is displayed.

    If during the model activation the system displays error message NR 751 u2018For object CIF_LOAD , number range interval 1 does not exist, go to transaction code SNUM, enter the object CIF_LOAD and choose Number Range and Intervals to add the number range 1 (0001 u2013 9999).

    You can choose Check to carry out a consistency check of the integration model.

    8. Choose Back.

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    Former Member
    Jul 19, 2011 at 10:57 AM

    Hello Thomas,

    Are you using Characteristics Depedent planning (CDP) in APO.

    Kindly refer link http://help.sap.com/saphelp_scm70/helpdata/en/b1/947337e68ae526e10000009b38f889/frameset.htm for better understanding of how class & characteristics are transferred & work in APO.

    Have you created separate organizational area for class & charactersitics which need to be transferred to APO. Is your IM model of class/characteristcs having that organizational data. First send your class/characteristics IM model, followed by the material IM model.

    Revert back with your reply.

    Regards,

    Sujeet Kulkarni

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