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In a collective order, planned orders or production orders are linked to one another over several production levels. Each order in the collective order has its own order number. If subassemblies are produced directly for superior orders within a production process, without physically entering the warehouse, it is useful to have a representation via collective orders.

The components for which separate production orders are created in the collective order are called directly produced components (see Creating Collective Orders )


A collective order cannot be created for components that have one of the following indicators set:



Alternative item with strategy 2

Alternative item with usage probability 0


Follow-up material

Intra material


Collective orders offer the following advantages:

Integrated view of a production process

Collective orders make it possible to represent different levels of the production process together in the system. The production process can be viewed as an integrated whole.

Separate order number for every order

Every level in a collective order represents a separate production order/planned order. Every production order/planned order has its own order number. This enables you to process the entire collective order, a subtree in the collective order or an individual order.

No placements in storage or removals from storage between production levels

Within a collective order stock movements only take place for the leading order (that is, the order that is at the highest production level) and not for directly produced components. This makes it easier to maintain the collective order in comparison with several individual orders. A further advantage is a more realistic representation of the costs of the production process, since subordinate orders can be directly assigned and settled to superior orders.

Business functions simultaneously for several orders

Certain business transactions can be carried out simultaneously for several orders. Releasing an order that belongs to a collective order has the effect that all the hierarchically subordinate orders are released simultaneously.

Automatic change to dependent orders

Changes to an order automatically affect dependent orders / components affecting orders. For example, if you change the order quantity in an order then

the relevant quantity changes are automatically made to dependent orders

the requirements quantity of the directly produced component is automatically changed.

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In the collective order, you also have the option of manufacturing directly produced material in a different plant to the planning plant.

Set status in leading order

If you make changes in subordinate orders that have an affect on the status, then the system sets the corresponding status in the order header of the leading order in the collective order as follows:

CFCO Confirmation in collective order

GMCO Goods movements in collective order

RLNE Release taken place in network

In this way you are informed about changes in the whole collective order.

Reading master data

You can copy the routing data and BOM data to the order again. You can find more information in Read master data .


You want to produce a pump. The BOM for the pump contains a pressure regulating valve and a spiral casing. You want to enter these two components in separate production orders, but you do not want them to be posted to stock.

You set the special procurement type to direct production in the material master record for the pressure regulating valve and the spiral casing, so that production occurs using a collective order.

When you create a production order for the pump, a collective order is automatically created, which contains subordinate production orders for the pressure regulating valve and the spiral casing.