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SVT and configurable materials?

Hi @all,

we have an ECC 6.00 SAP system running and are planning to implement SVT (Substance Volume Tracking) in our company and we are using the concept of configurable materials.

To my understanding of SVT this is not compatible, as SVT always requires to determine a 1-1 relationship between material and substance specification.

Is this assumption correct or has anybody experience in using SVT with config. materials?

Thank you in advance for your support!

Best regards,


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    Posted on Aug 24, 2012 at 01:25 PM

    Dear Christoph,

    It can be possible to have n:1 relationship for for determining the volume of Substance

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    • Dear Christoph

      what is your defintion of a "material variant"? This is the defintion as found:

      "A material variant is a material that can be kept in stock and that arises from an individual configuration of a configurable product." (that "means" a specific BOM has been used to produce the material)

      As explained: i have no experience with such a type of material in SAP ERP processes. It looks like that we "talk" about "Batches" of a material. In any case:

      You have many BOMs (that is my understanding) which generates the same material (e.g. from customer etc. perspective). Let us make a "primitive" example:

      The material should be a "blue" polymer. The color blue can be generated by using a blue pigment (= material pigment blue) or by using many pigments having different colors and result is "blue" again.

      From the perspective of the customer (e.g. automotive sector) it is fine. From chemical perspective you have different compositions and therefore you have a "REACh" issue (you need to detect which need specification is generated and you need ot detect which specification is imported)

      The "problem" comes up that you can only define "one" composition per REAL_SUB which is linked to the material. There exists no chance to "explain" to SVT that because of those production etc. order EH& SVT should use compositoin one or two or ...

      Therefore you have an "average" composition.

      How will you differentiate that sometimes you have on "blue" pigment (one spec) only and sometimes more that one spec to get the same "blue"?

      In my opinion no real feasible solution of this problem is possible. The "problem" is not an EH&S problem but how you define materials, how you use them, how you produce them etc. etc.

      In most cases if companies start to think about REACH (and similar demands) they realize that the SAP ERP process and how they use it and how they define the material need does not to fit really to the REACH demand but you can not change the logistic process (in most cases not possible). I am sorry to say: the solution can only by a "company" specific as SAP EH&S SVT is a "general" approach. If you read carefully the consulting OSS notes (which exists) a number of logistic processes are not supported by SAP EH&S SVT but are found in reality in many companies which uses SAP ERP.

      So i most cases SAP EH&S SVT will cover only roughly of "reality" in a company and you need always to "adapt" the software.

      With best regards