For externally procured materials, you can create material master records for manufacturer parts. In these master records, you can specify the manufacturer and manufacturer part number in addition to the material number. You can also create vendor master records for the manufacturer. On the basis of this information, the system supports the procurement of manufacturer parts through distributors in Materials Management.
In Customizing for the
manufacturer part profile (Purchasing component), you control whether or not the Quality Management processes apply to the manufacturer.
The functions for manufacturer part number management are integrated with the following functions in the QM component: