Connect Configuration Element to Product Structure

The purpose of this procedure is to connect formulas, selection matrices and features to open material and operation lines. This is in order to dynamically select item numbers or calculate material quantities and operation times.

Before you start

Before you can begin to connect a configuration element to a product structure, the following prerequisites must be met:

Follow these steps

Follow the steps below to connect a product configuration element (formula, selection matrix and feature) to an open product structure line.

  1. Select 'Product Structure. Open' (PDS001), panel B.

  2. Specify option 11=Mtrl/Operation. Program 'Product. Connect Materials/Operations' (PDS002) then starts.

  3. Select sorting order 14 or 15 to update the bill of material. Check your options using F13=Parameters. Make sure you have filled in the search hierarchy for the selection types in panel PDS002/Q.

  4. Enter the product configuration elements to be used to determine component number and material quantity. This can be done for all structure lines without confirming between each line.

  5. Enter the formula result if formulas are used. If one is not entered, the last result from the selected formula is used. When all values have been entered, confirm the changes. After this, the search hierarchy is used to determine the type of configuration element which is specified in each material line. If the proposal should be changed, any type of configuration element can be entered. Remember to confirm if the type of configuration element is changed manually.

  6. Select sorting order 1 or 2 to connect a formula for calculating an operation's run time.

  7. Display the detail panel for the current operation (PDS002/G is displayed). Scroll forward to the next panel (PDS002/H). Enter the formula and formula result, and then confirm the change. If the formula result is not entered, the last result from the selected formula is used.


A product configuration element is connected to a product structure when using this procedure. It can then be used when a product is configured.

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