SAP Materials in SAP MM are classified using Material Type and Material Category. Let’s focus on SAP Material Types here.
First, we will define what’s a SAP Material Types ? Then we will list the standard types in SAP ECC. The next section covers the technical side of SAP Material Types. Finally, we present the way how to create a custom/new SAP Material Types.
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What is Material Types ?
Materials with the same basic attributes are grouped together and assigned to a material type.
This allows you to manage different materials in a uniform manner in accordance with your company’s requirements.
When creating a material master record, you must assign the material to a material type. The material type determines certain attributes of the material and has important control functions.
For example, it is a factor determining the screen sequence and field selection in a material master record. (source)
You can find more information about SAP Material and SAP MM ( Material Management ) in the following books:
- The SAP Material Master – a Practical Guide
- Materials Management with SAP ERP: Functionality and Technical Configuration (SAP MM)
- The SAP Materials Management Handbook
- Customizing Materials Management Processes in SAP ERP
List of Standard SAP Material Types ?
SAP ECC ( in particular in SAP MM Material Management Module) offers a list of filled value for Material Types for the most used types in the industries.
Here the common Standard SAP Material Types are:
|SAP MM Material Types||Description|
|CH00||CH Contract Handling|
|FOOD||Foods (excl. perishables)|
|MPO||Material Planning Object|
|PLAN||Trading goods (planned)|
SAP Tables & Tcodes for Material Types ?
The type of Material is set on MARA-MTART.
The Material Type is configured in the table T134 (Material Types).
The description of the type can be found on T134TTable.
How to create a SAP Custom Material Types ?
In order to create a new SAP Material Type in, go to the Material Master menu,
Choose Start of the navigation path Material Next navigation step Create (special) Next navigation step < Next navigation :
step material type End of the navigation path >.
The initial screen appears for creating a material master record of the material type chosen.