Creating a Product Structure

This document explains how you create a product structure by:


You can enter and support product structures.

Product structures are mainly used for planning, product costing and manufacturing.

These files are affected:

Before you start

The process can be started when these prerequisites are met:

Note: Using parameters (function key F13 = Parameters) allows you to control whether products and materials are entered as items or not.

Follow these steps

  1. Create Product Structure Header

    This activity registers the item as a product by creating a product structure header. The product structure header can be created or copied from an existing structure. During this processing, information is retrieved from the item file. The item information regulates the steps in processing product structure as well as how the product is processed in the product flow.

    You create a product structure header in 'Product Structure. Open' (PDS001).

  2. Register Operation in Routing

    This activity contains the manufacturing steps which the product must undergo. It is created by specifying operation number with work center.

    You register operations in routing in 'Product. Connect Materials/Operations' (PDS002).

    • Co-Product

      Co-products can be connected to any operation. Setting 'Co-product' (2) must be entered in the 'By/Co-product code' field on the (MMS001/G) panel for items produced at the same time as another product. This product must have a setting *Primary product' 3 in field 'By/Co-product code.'

    • Phantom Operation

      Phantom items have item category 'Phantom item' (2) in (MMS001/G). Phantom items are entered as material for a product in the same way as regular material.

      As above, for phantom materials, a phantom item can have its own routing. When a manufacturing order for a product with a phantom item as material is created, its operations are processed as specified in field Phantom operation method, specified in 'Product. Connect Materials/Operations' (PDS002).

  3. Create Alternate Routing

    This activity specifies if alternate operation list should be used and if so which quantity limits that should be used at manufacturing.

    You enter all alternate operation lists in 'Alternate Routing. Open' (PDS035).

    When you enter operations in 'Product. Connect Materials/Operations' (PDS002), you can continue to 'Operation. Connect Alternate Routings' (PDS008). In the later function you can define in which alternate routings the operation will be used.

  4. Register Material in Bill of Material

    This activity lists all the items that make up the product in the bill of material. It is created by specifying sequence number, component number and quantity included.

    You enter material in the bill of material in 'Product. Connect Materials/Operations' (PDS002).

  5. Connect Documents to Product Structure

    Use this activity to link documents to the operations in the product structure, from the document table in 'Document. Open' (CRS230).

    You do this in 'Product. Connect Materials/Operations' (PDS002) and 'Operation. Connect Operation Elements' (PDS027).

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