A pipeline material is a material that flows directly into the production process from a pipeline (for example, oil), from a pipe (for example, tap water), or from another similar source (for example, electricity).
A material from the pipeline is always available; i.e. it can be withdrawn from the pipeline at any time and in any quantity.
Depending on the system configuration, a material can be withdrawn only from the pipeline or, in addition to the pipeline, normal stocks of the material can also be managed.
Pipeline handling is mandatory for materials with material type PIPE; i.e. only withdrawals from the pipeline can be posted for these materials.
These materials have the following characteristics:
For each material type, you can specify in the valuation area whether pipeline movements are:
If pipeline movements are not mandatory but allowed, the material can be kept in stock and both pipeline and other movements can be posted.
A material of this type can be withdrawn from your company’s own stock, from consignment stock, or from the pipeline.
You can enter a pipeline withdrawal for an order or for a cost center. Pipeline withdrawals differ from other goods movements in that they are entered with the special stock indicator P.
The withdrawal is valuated at the price defined in the pipeline info record.
A withdrawal from the pipeline results in the following updates in the system:
The pipeline withdrawal has no effect on existing warehouse stock or on the availability of the material.