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Sales Order Dates on MD04 screen

Can anyone tell me if it's possible to to display the confirmed sales order delivery date in SAP without checking the fix date & qty box in the sales order?

For an example:

I have a customer order with requested date 01/01/13. This date has passed, and the order is still WIP. I now want to confirm for June, so I re-ATP the order. The order is confirmed for June. However, the MD04 screen now has the sales order date as today's date, and exception message 10 to pull forward.

Working in previous environments, the sales order has aligned itself with the production order, but I'm not sure if this has been using the fix date and qty check.

What's I'd like to see is the sales order drop below the production order, and have a date of June.

Is this possible to do in the set up of SAP without using fix date and qty? There is caution around using the fix date and qty check, as if you've not created firm prod orders for the full qty, you can lose sight of how many were on the order.

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  • Posted on Apr 12, 2013 at 09:39 AM

    MD04 is designed to show the required date; I.E The date that the material is required to be available - this is the purpose of the Stock Requirements list. It is not intended to display the confirmed date. The required date is displayed as it should always be possible to improve the confirmed available date.

    Therefore, in your example, the system will correctly display 01/01/13 as the required date. If the planned receipt is delayed until June and the sales order cannot take place until June, then the system will still display the required date in MD04 (as the system can still try to calculate the earliest confirmed date according to the required date).

    CO09 would be a better transaction to use if you want to look at confirmed quantities - this transaction allows yuo to see what exactly what is confirmed and it more applicable for availability anyway (See SAP note 89362).

    From a technical viewpoint, the date you see in MD04 gets populated here:


    MOVE vbbe-mbdat TO mdpsx-dat00.

    MOVE vbbe-mbdat TO mdpsx-dat01.

    If you check table VBBE for yuor example, you should see 2 schedule lines - 1 with a confirmed quantity, 1 without a confirmed quantity (IE 1 without an open quantity and 1 with an open quantity). MD04 is designed to display the line that has the open quantity (the original schedule line):

    *--> Sicherheitsabfrage, solche Bedarfe werden beim Abbau geloescht.

    IF vbbe-omeng LE 0

    AND vbbe-pzmng LE 0.


    When the Fixed Date & Qty indicator is set, it means that he system has no possibility to improve the confirmed date so this is the date that you see in MD04.

    Hope this helps.

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    Posted on May 20, 2013 at 07:47 PM

    Hi Caroline

    I just answered to another question of yours with a video on YouTube. I could go on and on about fixing dated and confirming / or not, since I am preaching these things to my customers with no end. no one seems to fully understand it, and i realize its a complicated thing

    to your question i would like to say on thing: if you do NOT fix the date the transfer to MRP happens to todays (and then tomorrows and then the day after) date and NOT to the agreed date with the customer. Sales always wants to do that in case the product comes in earlier it would fall into backorder processing automatically... But unfortunately that NEVER happens and the production scheduler is overwhelmed with demand all the time

    as I said i could go on and on... if you want to engage more detailed please send me an email to [Removed]



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    Posted on Apr 11, 2013 at 04:22 PM

    Hi Caroline,

    The 'fix date and qty' option is not required if you are letting the system to pick the dates from the Production order/ supply elements during the availability check - and confirm the Sales order schedule lines thus.

    Did you mean that the MD04 shows a different date compared to the Sales order schedule line confirmation date - for the same Sales order line item?

    • If yes, can you share the screenshots of both these; and also the Scope of check screen?
      • You can also tick the 'Check without replenishment lead time' option and test it out.



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