Process documentation Configurable Materials in Sales Documents Locate the document in its SAP Library structure


Configurable materials are complex products that can produced in different variants. For example, cars have different paintwork and different-sized engines. You use characteristics to describe configurable materials.

There are different ways of processing configurable materials in sales documents. These processing options are described in the following scenarios:

You can configure configurable materials in quotations and sales orders. You can copy the configuration from a quotation to a sales order.


Before you can configure a material in a sales document, the following prerequisites must be fulfilled:

Settings for Variant Configuration

You have created sales data in the material master of the material (see Material Master Data for Configurable Materials).

Settings in the Sales

The item category group entered in the material master controls which item categories can be assigned.

The requirements class is determined using the strategy group and requirements type defined in the material master.

Process Flow

  1. If you enter a configurable material on the item entry screen, then confirm, you see the configuration editor with the characteristics of the configurable material. You configure the material by assigning values to the characteristics (refer to Configuring Objects).
  2. Once you have finished configuring the configuration structure, go back to the sales document.
  3. You see the result of the availability check. This tells you whether the requested delivery date is feasible. If possible, the system offers a delivery proposal (see the R/3 Library Sales ® Availability Check and Requirements in Sales and Distribution Processing ® Availability Check in Sales and Distribution Processing ® Working with the Availability Check in Sales and Distribution Processing Reactions to the Availability Check in Sales Documents).
  4. Confirm a delivery date or select Continue.

  5. You see the order item overview screen again.
  6. You can continue processing the sales order.
  7. Once you have finished processing, save your sales order.


The configuration of the material is saved with the sales order. Customer requirements are transferred to MRP.



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