In this step, you define the report categories for defects recording.
In the report category, you link a
confirmation profile to a catalog profile. In doing this, you define the content of the defect report in terms of format and range of available values.
The evaluations carried out for the quality notifications are broadly distinguished from one another on the basis of the notification types . With the help of report categories, you can make even finer distinctions. In particular, you can propose a suitable report category for each reporting station (for example, user group, department) without being restricted to various objects in the R/3 System (for example, work center, user) and without excessively increasing the number of notification types.
You must specify a catalog profile in the quality notification type. You can also specify a catalog profile in the report category and material master, although this is not mandatory. In the report category, you can specify the location from which the catalog profile will be retrieved. The system then searches for the appropriate catalog profile in the following sequence: material, report category, quality notification type.
Automatic determination of report category
When you are recording defects, the system searches for the appropriate report category in the following manner and sequence:
If you want to allow the user to select a report category other than the one that the system finds automatically when recording defects within the scope of results recording or the usage decision, select the user parameter 'QF1' and assign the value 'X' to it.
You must decide what importance to place on the report category. The criterion you use to define the report category essentially depends on the types of defect analyses that are required. In practice, you normally assign the report categories to the work centers where the defects are usually found. In this way, each work center will have its own report category.