Assign costing keys to material types

In this step, you assign costing keys to material types for each point of valuation, record type , and plan version (for plan data).

This assignment determines when and for which record type and plan version which product cost estimates are to be read for a specific material type.

You can assign up to three costing keys to each material type for a given "Valid to" date. This means that you can valuate the data using up to three different cost estimates at the same time. The system processes these cost estimates in the order in which the corresponding costing keys are entered on the screen.

Example

PV  RecT   Plan ver.   Mat.type  Valid to	C.key 1 C.key 2 C.key 3
01   F				 MT01   31.12.1995	 001	 002
02   F				 MT01   31.12.1995	 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

Define which costing keys should be used for which material types. If you want to specify costing keys according to another characteristic instead of material types, proceed to the next step.