You can classify batches. For example, you can use the batch classification functionality to store specific batch data (such as active substance content, weight, or technical data) not contained in the batch master record. Classification of batches is mandatory if you want to use the batch determination feature.
Characteristics are criteria according to which you can search for batches. These characteristics are defined when creating a class. There are two different types of characteristic:
· User-defined characteristics
These are characteristics which are not defined as fields in the batch master record.
Examples: Active ingredient potency, viscosity, color, weight
· Fields in the batch master record
Data that is stored in the batch master record can also be defined as characteristics of a class.
Examples: Goods receipt date, shelf life expiration date, batch status
When classifying a batch, you define one or more values for each characteristic.
Example: Characteristic color, value blue; characteristic status, value restricted use
If the characteristic is a field from the batch master record, the value of this field is automatically used as the characteristic value.
In batch determination, you can search for batches according to specific values or value intervals.
Example: You can search for all restricted batches with the color blue whose shelf life has already expired.
If you want to change the characteristic values of a batch or classify an existing batch, choose Batch ® Change from the material master menu.
In Customizing for Inventory Management, you can define that a batch is to be classified at goods receipt. You can only use this function if the material or a batch of this material has been classified before.
You can classify batches according to multiple specifications. For more information, see inspections using multiple specifications.
You can use the function Create Material or Change material to define the class in the material master record (classification data). This class is valid for all batches of the material. You can also enter the class directly when classifying the first batch.
Depending on how the system is configured, the class is assigned to one of the class types below:
· 022 for batches at plant level
· 023 for batches at material level/client level