Material Master Configuration

Material Master: Material Type configuration

SAP version used for this post: SAP ECC (ERP Central Component) 5.0

When creating a material, you need to specify the material type.
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The Material type is the highest level of categorization of material masters.
Material Types defined in configuration and below is a summary of main areas that material type influence:

  • Number range of material master and if it is internal (system allocated) or external (user allocate number)
  • Which fields in material are mandatory / read only / optional
  • User departments (Views in material)
  • Purchase Orders allowed
  • Valid valuation classes
  • Quantity and Value update (does it update stock qty and value)
  • Is it a pipeline material or not
  • …. and many more

Standard SAP Material Types include:

ABF – Waste
CH00 – CH Contract Handling
CONT – Kanban Container
COUP – Coupons
DIEN – Service
ERSA – Spare Parts
FERT – Finished Product
FGTR – Beverages
FHMI – Production Resource/Tool
FOOD – Foods (excl. perishables)
FRIP – Perishables
HALB – Semifinished Product
HAWA – Trading Goods
HERS – Manufacturer Part
HIBE – Operating supplies
IBAU – Maintenance assemblies
INTR – Intra materials
KMAT – Configurable materials
LEER – Empties
LEIH – Returnable packaging
LGUT – Empties (retail)
MODE – Apparel (seasonal)
NLAG – Non-stock materials
NOF1 – Nonfoods
PIPE – Pipeline materials
PLAN – Trading goods (planned)
PROC – Process materials
PROD – Product groups
ROH – Raw materials
UNBW – Nonvaluated materials
VERP – Packaging
VKHM – Additionals
VOLL – Full products
WERB – Product catalogs
WERT – Value-only materials
WETT – Competitor products

The main configuration of material type is in transaction OMS2
IMG: Logistics > Material Master > Basic Settings > Material Type > Define Attributes (OMS2)
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Some settings can be done per plant
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This information resides in:
T134 – Material Type
T134T – Material Type: Text
T134M – Material Type: Valuation area data

For number range configuration, the transaction is:
IMG: Logistics > Material Master > Basic Settings > Material Type > Define Number range (MMNR)
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First create a Group
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Then link the material type to it
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This is the main settings of material type. In later articles, we will address other configuration that can be be done per material type.

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