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 Specification Category

Definition

A general grouping of specifications based on their use and significance in companies.

Use

Specification categories are subdivided into specification types . The following specification categories currently exist in the SAP Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) component:

  • Substance

  • Agent

  • Packaging

  • Waste code

  • Dangerous goods classification

In the SAP Recipe Management (PLM-RM) component, the following specification categories are used in addition:

  • Recipe

  • Formula

  • Equipment requirement

  • Process element

In the specification workbench there is a separate node <specification category description> for each specification category. By double-clicking this node you can search for specifications of this specification category. You can arrange specifications of the specification category below the node.

To change the specification category, simply choose the node for the specification category you require in the specification workbench or choose a specification below the node.

In the various EH&S components there are special workbenches available, which only contain the specification categories you require for use in each special case. For example, the dangerous goods workbench contains only specifications of the specification category Substance and Dangerous Goods Classification .

Integration

In Customizing for Basic Data and Tools in the following IMG activities, you define dependencies for specification categories (for more information, see the respective IMG activities):

  • Specify Specification Types

    You must assign at least one specification category to each specification type. The specification type is then only available for specifications of the given specification categories.

    Example Example

    In the standard system, the specification type Real substance is assigned to the specification categories Substance and Agent . This means you can enter substance data and agent data in one specification, for example, for acetone, and you do not need to create two separate specifications for the substance and the agent. By means of this assignment, the system also finds the specification of the type Real substance when you search for substances or agents.

    End of the example.
  • Check Identification Types

    You must assign at least one specification category to each combination of identification category and identification type. The combination of identification category and identification type is then only available for specifications of the given specification categories.

  • Check Identification Listing

    You can assign a specification category to an identification listing and thus control the display of identifiers in the hit list depending on the specification category, for example. If you have assigned a specification category, this identification listing has the highest priority.

  • Manage User Exits

    You can assign a specification category to a user exit. The user exit is then only available for specifications of the specification category (for example, user exits for secondary data determination).

  • Specify Component Types for Compositions

    You must assign at least one specification category to each component type. The component type is then only available for specifications of the given specification categories.

  • Specify Regulatory Lists

    You must assign at least one specification category to each regulatory list. The regulatory list is then only available for specifications of the given specification categories.

  • Specify Groups

    You can assign a specification category to a group. The group is then available as a node in the group tree depending on the specification category set.

  • Specify Authorization Groups

    You must assign at least one specification category to each authorization group. The authorization group is then only available for specifications of the given specification categories.

  • Specify User-Defined Text Types

    You must assign at least one specification category to each user-defined text type. The user-defined text type is then only available for specifications of the given specification categories.

  • Specify Sources

    You must assign at least one specification category to each source. The source is then only available for specifications of the given specification categories.