Inventory Management: Pipeline Handling 


As of Release 3.0, you can withdraw materials from a pipeline in Inventory Management.

What is a pipeline material?

A pipeline material is a material that flows directly into the production process from a pipeline (for example, oil), from a pipe (for example, tap water), or from another similar source (for example, electricity).

Depending on the configuration, a material can be withdrawn only from the pipeline or, in addition to the pipeline, normal stocks of the material can also be managed.

Specifying the pipeline price per vendor

Before you post a pipeline movement, you must specify the pipeline price for the respective vendor in a pipeline purchasing info record.
To do so, you must assign a purchasing organization to the plant in Customizing for Purchasing. This purchasing organization applies to all pipeline purchasing info records in the plant.

In the pipeline purchasing info record, you define the price of the pipeline withdrawal for the vendor. It is possible to specify different prices for different periods.

If a pipeline material can be supplied by several vendors, but one vendor is preferred, enter this vendor in the source list. The preferred vendor will then be proposed in pipeline withdrawal.

Pipeline withdrawal

A material from the pipeline is always available, that is, it can be withdrawn from the pipeline at any time and in any quantity.

You can enter a pipeline withdrawal for an order or for a cost center. Pipeline withdrawals differ from other goods movements in that they are entered with special stock indicator P.

A pipeline withdrawal has the following effects in the system:

Change in the case of withdrawals for bills of material

With withdrawals for bills of material, you can define a withdrawal sequence.

The withdrawal sequence determines the stock from which the material is withdrawn:

For more information on the withdrawal sequence, see Release note Withdrawal sequence for goods issue for bill of material.

Pipeline components in run schedule headers

The withdrawal sequence is also determined for run schedule headers.

Change system parameters in customizing

The following configurations are necessary for pipeline handling:

      a) Change the rules for transaction KON (consignment payables) in such a way that account grouping (field General modification) is active.
      b) Define account allocations
      - without account grouping for management of consignment stocks
      - with account grouping PIP for pipeline handling

Changes in procedure

The following transactions are explained in this section:

Create pipeline material

When creating a pipeline material, it is important that you note the following:

Create pipeline purchasing info record

You create a pipeline purchasing info record as follows:

    1. From the Purchasing menu, choose Master data -> Info record -> Create.
    2. On the initial screen, enter the vendor, the material, and the standard purchasing organization assigned to the plant.
    Select info type Pipeline.
    3. Maintain the info record data.
    4. Save the info record.

Maintain source list

If you have several pipeline purchasing info records for a material, you can enter the preferred vendor in the source list. This vendor is proposed as a default for goods movements. If no vendor is entered in the source list, you must select a vendor for each goods movement.

Post goods issue from the pipeline

You post a withdrawal from the pipeline as follows:

    1. From the Inventory Management menu, choose Goods movement -> Goods issue.
    2. Maintain the data on the initial screen. Enter the movement type and the special stock indicator:
    3. Enter the cost center or the order on the collective entry screen. Enter the individual items.
    You do not need to enter the vendor; this is determined automatically if

Settle pipeline liabilities

You settle pipeline liabilities in exactly the same way as consignment liabilities.


Release 3.0A does not yet enable you to include pipeline components in a production order.