I have materials with different specifications. We want to capture these in material master. thought is to use classification system to maintain these specification. I am new to this functionality though I have read the documentaion and did some test but not able to visualize and find how this is going to help.
what I could find is by via classification we can have search function. A very simple example for the purpose of getting understanding
I have bulbs with different watts like 60W,40W, 100W.
I have created a material with a class and its various characteristics in the classification tab of material master. Class type used is 001.
1) Do I have to create 3 different material codes for these bulbs and for each bulb I maintain watts as characteristics value 60W,40W, 100W?
2) I could not find in any report where the material characteristics getting displayed along with material. If I am not able to find the materials as per the specification then what is the use of maintaining characteristics rather I maintain these in material text.
please let me know how it basically works in transaction, reporting and other areas.
You are correct on question number one.
Different characteristics are assigned to each unique material.
We've just implemented that, and we actually created very few main classes mainly related to our maintenance areas (electrical, mechanical, etc) since we use inventory mainly for spares.
Our idea was not to create too many classes so that it became hard for the users to search for parts. We already have hundreds of material groups.
Our characteristics are common and generic (brand, model, manufacturer, part no.) acrosss classes, and then we go into more localised (like amperage, voltage, etc) depending on the function.
As for reports, use CL6Bn and CL30N to list your materials based on class.
The feedback from users (who used to complain on how hard it was to find parts) has been very positive.
Hope it helps.