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The change process cannot begin without an initiating object and this is created as follows:

  • Master data change

    • release of a change number or a leading change master record

    • additions to a leading change master record

    • shift of the change number’s validity date

  • Sales order change

    • changes to the configuration on using the variant configuration

    • changes to the assigned serial number

    • changes to the direct assignment of change numbers by using direct assignment, it is possible to assign change numbers specifically to a sales order item

    • changes to the parameter validity

Caution Caution

The change of the quantity or of the date in the sales order item is not taken into consideration.

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  • Creating initiating object records manually

You can add or delete initiating object records manually ( Creating Initiating Object Records ).


In order to use order change management for production orders, initiating object records have to be created. To do this, various settings are necessary (see Creating Initiating Objects ).

Process Flow

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  1. Searching for Procurement Elements

  2. The initiating object record determines which procurement elements are affected by a change and a procurement element change record is created.

    This process step is possible for the procurement elements: Production order, planned order and purchase order. All other steps are only available for the production order.

  3. Creating a Simulation Order (only for sales order changes)

  4. A complete simulation order (if necessary, in a collective order) is created based on the changed sales order data. This provides the basis for a comparison.

    The production order is locked to changes from other change processes as soon as process steps 2-5 have been executed.

  5. Determining Changes

  6. This process step determines which changes are necessary to adapt the production order according to the changes in initial data. For sales order changes, the comparison is based on the simulation order and for master data changes, it is based on object information, which is entered with the change number.

    The changes that are determined are saved and can be displayed and analyzed in the Change Step Overview . The change steps that are to be executed have an indicator for the type of change (for example,  ( ) for added components and  ( ) for components that are removed).

    As soon as the process for determining changes begins, changes cannot be made to the production order because it is locked (status NOCH Changes forbidden). However, actual data can be entered, that is, confirmations or goods movements.

  7. Checking Changes

The changes to be made in the production order are checked using rules that you define in a Change Profile in Customizing. For example, you can define that the deletion of a component

  • Leads to a warning message being issued in an operation that is released

  • Leads to a warning message being issued in an operation that is confirmed

As soon as the check begins, actual data also cannot be entered because the production order is locked (status CGFB Confirmation / goods movement forbidden).

Changes are made to the production order in this step. The locks created in steps 2 - 4 are lifted by the system.

Note Note

Collective orders can also participate in the change process. The change steps for all orders in the collective order are determined. However, changes to the structure of the collective order are not allowed in the case of master data changes.

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Several procurement element change records can exist for a production order. The current process must be completed before changes can be executed in a new change process (steps 2 - 5). ( Completing Processing ).

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