Enable Users to Copy Materials Defined for Other Plants

  • by Maria Nikolova, SAP Senior Expert, National Electricity Company
  • April 15, 2008
Save time and eliminate the need for manual input by giving users authorization to copy master data information about materials stored in multiple plants.
Key Concept
Use transaction PFCG (Profile Generator) to control authorization management. Companies employ this transaction to give a user in one factory the authorization to create materials with reference in the master data of another plant. As a result, the user can copy master data from one plant to another plant in Materials Management.

Companies often store specific materials at several storage locations. For example, say you work in plant A and need to use the master data for material B for a warehouse movement from plant B. Rather than manually entering material B’s data, with the Copy from … functionality, you could access material B’s data from plant B and transfer it to the master data at plant A. This reduces the possibility of introducing data errors and enhances efficiency.

However, you must have the proper authorizations in place to copy material master data. I’ll walk you through the process to set up these authorizations. You can give a single user or a group of users access to copy materials from other plants, depending on your company policy. I suggest only giving access to users who are responsible for creating materials. To do this, assign them the job role that grants the access by combining the proper authorizations: authorizations 1 and 2, in my example.

Maria Nikolova

Maria Nikolova has worked as a senior SAP expert for the National Electricity Company (NEK) in Bulgaria since January 1999. Maria has a master’s degree in telecommunications as an engineer from the Technical University in Sofia, Bulgaria. She has experience with an MIS project implementation of SAP R/3 (headquarters and rollout), the authorization concept and user administration, SAP Customer Competence Center (SAP CCC) , SRM, and the SD, HR, CO, Asset Management (AM), MM, and PM modules. Prior to joining NEK, she worked as a manager of Equipment Engineering Ltd. for four years.

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