Assign costing keys to products

Here you assign up to three costing keys to a single product for a specific point of valuation, record type, Planversion.

This assignment determines when and for which record type and plan version the system should read the product cost estimate specified in the costing key for that product.

For any "Valid to" date, you can assign up to three costing keys to one material. This means that you can access up to three cost estimates at the same time during valuation, and thus update the results of three valuation methods in parallel . The individual cost estimates are processed in the order in which they are entered here.

Example

PV  Rec.   Plan ver.   Material  Valid to	C.key 1 C.key 2 C.key 3
01   F				 MAT01	 31.12.1998  001	 002
01   F				 MAT02	 31.12.1998  001

Further notes

Before you can valuate using a

cost estimate for a material from Product Cost Planning, the valuation strategy you are using for a given point of valuation must be defined to allow this.

If you are valuating your data using more than one costing key, note that the system only fills value fields that are blank. Consequently, each value field can only be filled once, and existing values are never overwritten.

The system proceeds as follows to read the cost estimate:

1. First, it checks whether one or more costing keys have been assigned explicitly to the product being valuated. If this is the case, the system uses these explicitly assigned costing keys for the valuation.
2. If no costing key has been assigned to the product, the system checks whether the any costing keys have been assigned to the material class to which the product belongs. If this is the case, it reads these costing keys only to valuate the line item.
3. If no costing keys have been assigned to the product or the material class, the system tries to find a costing key assigned to a combination of other characteristics. If no costing key is found here either, the system cannot valuate the product using a cost estimate.
Likewise, no valuation can take place if an entry exists in the corresponding assignment tables for the product or material class but no costing key has been assigned.

Activities

Specify which costing keys you want to use to valuate your individual products. If you do not want to specify this separately for each product, proceed to the next steps. There you can assign costing keys to material types or any other characteristics by defining your own assignment tables.