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You can create material cost estimates (with and without quantity structure) and costing runs based on costing versions. Together with the costing variant and the costing date, the costing version is saved to the database as the key which identifies the cost estimate as an individual entity.


The costing variant enables you to define how costing is controlled. In view of the fact that the costing variant contains all the parameters for costing, it is very time-consuming to create new costing variants if you only want to include minor costing changes. You can use costing versions for such changes. You can make the following changes to the control of costing without having to define new costing variants:

  • Variants for the Determination of Transfer Prices for Group Costing

You can define time-dependent transfer prices .

  • Exchange Rate Type for Currency Translation

If you work without costing versions, the exchange rate type is determined through the valuation variant (CO version in the valuation strategy for internal activities). Costing versions enable you to specify that another exchange rate type has priority.

You also use costing versions to carry out mixed costing :

For such costing, you create various procurement alternatives and their mixing ratios.

The mixing ratios are based on a quantity structure type. If you want to create a mixed cost estimate for a material, you have to assign a costing version to the quantity structure type and execute the cost estimate based on this costing version.

However, you can also use costing versions without these Customizing settings. Here, you use the costing version to save several cost estimates for the same material, with the same costing variant and the same costing date.

Note Note

Cost estimates with the same key (costing variant, validity of cost estimate and costing version) cannot be saved to the database. Since the costing version is also part of the key, you can still save multiple cost estimates with the same costing variant to the database for analysis purposes.

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You create two cost estimates without quantity structure for one material. The only difference between these cost estimates is the costing version and in one costing item of type E (internal activity). You can compare both unit cost estimates in the Information System.

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If you want to use the above Customizing settings or mixed costing, define the appropriate costing versions in Customizing for Product Cost Planning .

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When you cost run schedule headers, you must incorporate the costing types for repetitive manufacturing under version zero - do not enter any other fields. This ensures that the various versions are consistent in repetitive manufacturing.

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When you create the cost estimate, use this costing version.

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