Quality Planning

This section describes how to customize the data for the QM application component.

There are two different groups of master data:

This master data is a part of the QM component.
This data includes the:
This is the master data that is used by several SAP components. Refer to the respective Implementation Guides for these comonents for information on how to maintain this master data and how to make the corresponding settings. Each component is responsible for its own master data.
Master data in PP and PP-PI components:
- material
- equipment
- document
- PRT master
Master data for central functions:
Master data for business partners


If you follow the SAP procedure model closely when you implement the QM component, you can skip the remaining part of this text. The activities listed below merely describe the most important organizational steps that you should be aware of during the implementation process.


You have carried out the following activities described in the preceding section "Quality Management":

SAP Recommendation

Coordinate the maintenance activities for the general master data and integrating master data with the maintenance activities in the other SAP components (that is, with those components that also use this master data).


1. Select the master data you will need to use the SAP QM componennt and define the logical sequence in which this data will be maintained.
a) Determine which master data will be needed to implement the required range of functions. If you decide to carry out the implementation in stages, determine which master data will be required for these steps.
b) Determine which basic data will merge with other master data. Use this information to establish a logical sequence for maintaining the master data.
2. Develop a plan for maintaining the master data.
a) Estimate the volume of the master data. Determine whether any master data can automatically be copied from an existing volume of data and if so, identify the data. Make sure the utilities are available that are needed for this transfer of data.
b) Determine who will be responsible for maintaining the master data and what maintenance capacities are available. Estimate the time and effort that will be required to manually maintain the master data. Allocate the available resources on the basis of the data volume and the implementation schedules. Identify scheduling-related critical paths.
3. Make sure that following activities are completed on schedule:
a) table settings
b) manual maintenance of master data
c) transfer of data and manual follow-up maintenance

Additional information on the material specification

If you want to use material specifications to classify batches, you must first maintain batch classes with general characteristics in the classification system. You must then assign a batch class to each material whose batches are to be influenced by the material specification. When you classify a material, you define the values of the general characteristics for this particular material.
If you want to use material specifications as inspection specifications, you must carry out the following steps:

You can use the inspection specification in place of or as a supplement to the inspection plan. You must predefine this in the QM inspection data of the material master. Be sure to consider the settings at the client level and the settings for inspection type .

The system then uses the inspection results obtained on the basis of the inspection specification (currently only at the summarized level) as characteristic values for the general batch characteristics.

Additional information on inspection planning

Refer to the section Inspection plan for detailed information on inspection planning.

For the most part, the implementation of the inspection plans (and work centers/test equipment therein) is similar to the implementation of the master data in production planning. If you intend to implement the QM and PP components simultaneously or separately at different times, make sure you coordinate the respective activities.