The material status tells you whether a material is subject to restrictions, and what they are. For example, a material may be a part under development or one to be discontinued. The use of a material can be restricted in a number of ways:
- The material can be blocked for use in certain business activities by assigning one or both of the following material statuses to it:
- Plant-specific material status
In the standard material master, this field appears on the Costing screen, MRP screen, Production Resources/Tools screen, Purchasing screen, Quality Management screen, and Work Scheduling screen.
- Cross-plant material status
In the standard material master, this field appears on the Basic Data screen. It is valid for the whole client.
- The material can be blocked for use in certain sales activities by assigning one or both of the following statuses to it:
- Distribution-chain-specific material status
- Cross-distribution-chain material status
In the standard material master, both of these fields appear on the Sales: Sales Organization Data screen. The cross-distribution-chain material status is valid for the whole client.
- The material can be flagged for deletion. For more information, see
The plant-specific and cross-plant material status, or distribution-chain-specific and cross-distribution-chain material status, are considered jointly by the system.
You have the following material statuses:
The material is blocked for Purchasing.
The material is blocked for Inventory Management.
You assign material status 01 to the material at plant level, and material status 02 at cross-plant level (that is, at client level). As a result, you block the plant material both for Inventory Management and for Purchasing.