How to Convert the Batch Level from Plant to Material

  • by Sakthi Kumar, Senior Consultant, Infosys, Ltd.
  • October 7, 2013
/Project Management
Many companies track batches, or lots, of materials at the plant level. However, because it’s easier to manage materials at the material level, SAP recommends maintaining batches at the material level as a best practice and for all new implementations. Learn about the challenges and considerations involved in converting batch levels in SAP SCM from plant to material. See a case study that describes one company’s approach to a batch-level conversion.
Key Concept
Some materials require precise identification during production for tracking purposes. An SAP system tracks materials at three unique levels: plant, material, and client. These batch levels provide flexibility for a variety of business processes. However, as business processes change, it is sometimes necessary to change how materials are tracked.

The SAP SCM system manages batches of material at the plant, material, and client levels. For example, if a company produces a chemical, that product can be assigned a batch number based on the level configured in the system. That batch information can be maintained at the level chosen based on business requirements.

At the plant level, the batch number is unique in connection with the plant and material, allowing businesses to identify which plant produced the material. If batches are maintained at the plant level, the batch information is stored in table MCHA (Figure 1).

Sakthi Kumar

Sakthi Kumar is a mechanical engineer and an SAP MM/WM senior consultant with Infosys, Ltd. He has more than 13 years of experience, with five years of domain experience and eight years of experience with a variety of SAP implementations, rollouts, and support projects in the automotive, seed, hi-tech, and process industries. His key role is to analyze clients’ business processes and map them to an SAP system to enable the smooth running of business transactions. Contact him at

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