Welcome to the Saptutorials, Today we will take close look at Variant Configuration. it’s a tool that simplifies the complex manufacturing process when the manufacturer is having various specifications for the same product products. E,g, Car. Car price started with standard equipment, Now if want to buy any specific feature that will cost higher than the car base price.SAP Variant Configuration allowed us to meet such a requirement without any enhancement.
Many times with simple changes to existing products we can satisfy the customer’s expectations. just adding new attributes to the existing products. Variant configuration is one response where we create properties for material and configure the material to match the customer’s expectations.
Usage of variant configuration
- Using variant configuration consumer expectations by introducing new models or making improvements to an existing product.
- Increase the Company’s profits by selling new goods at higher prices.
- Variant configuration significantly reduces the costs of research and development when creating new goods.
- instantly configure new products feature, adjustments in manufacturing costs, the system automatically takes into account the price for the new product
What is a variant configuration?
Configuration of variants is for the development of complex goods. The manufacturer must always be selling new products or versions of an existing product. New products are also produced by modifications to the existing product designs. The main thing is to respond quickly to the needs of the customers & market demands.
The product characteristics are determined by the consumer. For example, a customer buying a Bike may choose the Bike’s features and combine those features as needed. The Model design enhances the sharing of knowledge between sales, engineering, and manufacturing. Variant configuration allows the customer or salesperson to compile product requirements to make sure the product can be manufactured from those requirements. It also ensures the cost of production does not surpass the pre-established level.
Configuration for variant contains the following baseline configuration
- Configurable content
- The characteristic contains the values which are used to describe the object.
- Dependency is used to limit the mix of characteristic values.
- Configuration Profile -is used in sales orders to monitor the configuration of an item.
- Variation Conditions are used to describe a variety of rates or surcharges.
The material master record must have the “Material configurable indicator’ selected in its basic data before we can construct a configurable content. We can build materials using a material form specified in customizing, which has a configurable indicator. This means that all materials that are made with this form of material are configurable. For this purpose, the material type KMAT is specified in the standard system. We may describe the configurability of individual materials of other material types. To do this, set the Configurable Material indicator in the Material master record’s Basic Data.
We use properties to describe the characteristics of a configurable material. To allow us to use properties to configure a material, we allocate the material to a class of type 300. Type, color, and engine are possible features of a bike, for example as anticipated by the consumer. For. characteristic (values) the customer can choose between different options
Dependencies apply to combinations of features which for technical or marketing reasons are not possible Example: We can not combine all types of Bike engines with all types of transmissions, as certain types of engine models are available only for more expensive models
We use dependencies in variant configuration to manage variant combinations. This avoids combinations of not-permitted alternatives. Dependencies often pick the correct BOM components and operations precisely to generate a version.
the configurable object must have a configuration profile. The material configuration profile controls the sales order configuration process.
Maintain configuration profiles for objects which can be configured to specify core object settings. We can create multiple configuration profiles for an object with different configurations. If an object has multiple configuration profiles, then a profile must be selected during configuration. We can only make configuration adjustments using the profile that you used to configure the object first
In the configuration profiles, we define different settings for materials than for other configurable artifacts. We use the configuration profile to allocate one or more groups of variants to the configurable object. This connects the object to the configuration class properties.
Note that the configurable object then is allocated to the class, not the profile. The profile helps you to go into classification only.
We can define settings on the value assignment screen which affect the display options and the scope of characteristics. For each object, you specify certain settings, and they refer to the object everywhere it is used. However, in the configuration editor, we can overwrite these settings for the user.
We can use an interface design to group together the characteristics and identify a series on the screen for value assignment. To permit more maintenance in the configuration simulation, we must assign a name to an interface design.
To assign dependencies to a configurable object, we can use the configuration profile. Only Dependency Nets can be allocated to a configuration profile. If you delegate the configuration profile to activities and procedures, we can handle them more easily because they are all in one location.
We may depend on the characteristic values to make the price of a variant. For a variant, we may use variant conditions to describe overloads and discounts. For material variants, we can create variant conditions that can be used in the sales order.
Depending on the characteristic values assigned we may use variant conditions to affect the price of a configurable item. We have two conditions for the variants:
- This type of condition expresses an absolute number.
- This type of condition expresses the percentage of the surcharge/discount.
Variant conditions consist of a key variant and a quantity defined by a key variant. We can use variant conditions in Sales and Distribution to identify surcharges and discounts for configurable products, depending on the characteristic values that you allocate.
E,g: If any customer wants a motorcycle with a disk brake, a value of Rs.3500/- would increase the net price. with specific relation to a commodity/ material, a distribution channel, and a sales organization, we establish variant conditions in our sales pricing.
How to create variant conditions
We have to construct a property referring to table SDCOM, field VKOND. For the configurable content, the character is assigned to the class of variants. The characteristic object with relation to the SDCOM field VKOND table is multi-value since it is possible to join several variant conditions.
For a product or material, we maintain a variant condition concerning a distribution channel and a sales organization. When we configure the material, we get access to the variant condition produced for the material. A key defines the changing conditions.
Let’s say, We have two condition forms VA01 and VA02 to build a configurable material with variant conditions.
VA01 is used to construct a variant’s value state. If a motorcycle’s color is yellow ( which is not usually sales), and it has a price of would be different then we establish the condition of value for it.
Another is VA02 is used to build a version with a surcharge condition for the variant
e,g price increases by Rs.4000/- if a motorcycle is ordered with Disk Brake with ABS. Configurable motorcycle material has a characteristic ‘Disk’ brake weight & ABS
How to achieve the variant condition
- We need to create variant condition VA00 such as ABS brake with the sum Rs.4000/
- We need to create a new characteristic, VARCOND with a reference to the exiting structure SDCOM and field VKOND.
- lastly, We need to create a dependency so that the characters must be entered using the table reference and the variant key as a value as $SELF.VARCOND = ‘ABS’
Please note that variant keys are adaptive to individual cases(case sensitive). In object dependencies, the variant key must be entered in the same way as in the table on condition. If the combination of upper and lower case letters does not fit the table, then the state of the variant will not be handled.
Pricing Factors for variant conditions
Let’s say surcharges or discounts will partly depend on a particular characteristic value, partly on other factors, such as length. This pricing approach can be expressed in dependencies, too. To do this, you enter the factor by which you want to raise or reduce the surcharge or discount, as well as the condition of the version. Pricing factors can be held only at the characteristic level, not in the order of sale screen. The price-factors syntax is as follows:
- The characteristic refers to the SDCOM structure, in which conditions are specified for variants.
- The key for the variant is used to connect a characteristic value to the state.
- The factor that raises the surcharge by. As a constant, numeric attribute, or numeric expression, we may join the element.
Steps in Variant Configuration
Create a configurable Material type.
Before we start the configuration. We need to create a configurable material type as below: KMAT-Material type with Item category (002).
Once changes have been done, We will be able to create new configurable Material .lets say we are configuring one motorcycle as Passion Bike
Create Characteristics for Material
In these steps, we need to define Characteristics. Transaction code CT04, One below screen appears, we are creating new Characteristics as cubic capacity. We are often found motor cycle pricing differentiated based on cubic capacity.
Once we have new characteristics created, kindly ensure the below setting
In the additional data tab, maintain the table SDCOM and field VKOND. We can also specify values by mentioning the Color of the motorcycle, and other features of the motorcycle.
Create Class for Material
Now we need to create a class for the variant. The class will hold characteristics and details.
Assign Characteristics to the Class
In these steps, We will have to add whatever Characteristics define the material. e,g we have defined one Characteristic as color, cubic capacity, price
Create Configuration Profile for material
Now, we need to Configuration the profile via CU41 select the material and enter the description then click on the class assignment
Create Dependencies for Characteristics
Now go back to CU41 and specify the select a character for which the dependency is to be created Dependencies would be –$self.ZPrice=’Red’ and save. repeat the process for other values.
Variant Conditions In Pricing Procedure.
To flow pricing for values of characters in the sales order, we have to include variant condition types in pricing procedure T.Code V/08 as below
Maintain pricing condition records
Now we need to create condition records for pricing.T.code VK11 -Enter VA00 (Condition)–enter variant Red and Blue give the rates accordingly and create the sales order
Create sales order using VA01
Now we are ready to create a sales order, Please do ensure to enter the value for characteristics so that system assigning values for characteristics in Sales Order & correct pricing will be carried out.
Source: SAP help Portal
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