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Data Standards Document Material Group

Material Group (MATKL)


Date: December 4, 2013

Material Group (MATKL)


The Material Group field is located in the Basic Data 1 tab, the field can contain a maximum of 9 characters. The material group is the level in the material group hierarchy which must be assigned directly to a material when it is created. The material group represents the manufacturer or brand of the material. The material group is used to in reporting to allow visibility for procurement and sales.

Business Requirement
In order to maintain consistency and accuracy in the Global Material Master new material groups are created centrally by the Master Data Department. Material group field is used to track sales and purchases by manufacturer or brand. The tracking and reporting of material groups allows for the business to make important decisions on purchasing and inventory. Inaccurate Material Groups: Create in accurate reports that effect business intelligence Have A negative impact on customer service Create duplicate records

BDI Data Integrity Standards December 4, 2013

Data Standards Document Material Group

Material Group (MATKL)


Date: December 4, 2013

Standards
The Global Master Description should be entered as follows: 1. 2. 3. 4. Manufactures part number as listed on the manufacturer price file or as displayed as standard practice in the industry (excluding the special characters * ? % &) If no price file exists please use manufacturer part number as displayed in the manufactures catalog or web site If no manufactures catalog exist please inquire with the manufacturer or distributer for the required manufacture part number If still un sure of the manufactures part number please email details of the material to Senior Product Specialist so that we may designate a manufactures part number

Enhanced Material Search Process


Before any new material is created in SAP you must ensure that the material does not already exist in the Global Material Master. Please use the enhanced material search function in SAP to locate existing materials. If the material you are trying to create already exists you must extend the material to your local plant.

BDI Data Integrity Standards December 4, 2013

Data Standards Document Material Group

Material Group (MATKL)


Date: December 4, 2013

Local Description 1&2


Local Descriptions 1 & 2 are custom fields designed for country specific data. These fields are open text (54 characters in length each) and can be formatted to the discretion of the country. The local description should be used as the primary search field for country specific materials. The local description prints on many customer facing documents such as invoice and Packing List. If the local description is blank then the Global Description (MAKTX) will appear on invoice and purchase order.

Prints on: Invoice, Quote, Order Confirmation, Packing List, RMA

SAP Security
The Global Material Description field is unsecure to local super users. The Master Data Department will investigate all new materials being created. Reports will be run daily to capture all new items created by our global partners. We will be in contact with our global partners ensure the materials being created are accurate and meet the needs of our customers and business users.

Approval
Date 07/10/2013 Data Integrity Council Member Approval

Paul Mendes Manager Master Data

Yes

BDI Data Integrity Standards December 4, 2013