Monitor the Quality of Goods Your Vendor Obtains from Its Suppliers with This QM Enhancement

  • by Gaetano Altavilla, Senior SAP Practice Manager
  • April 27, 2012
Discover how to enhance the Quality Management module so that it can handle the quality management of vendors based on the quality of the vendor’s manufacturers and suppliers. This check occurs when you create and update the purchase order. Learn about creating the ABAP Workbench objects in the system to activate this solution.
Key Concept
To meet production quality specifications, companies typically have agreements on quality standards with vendors about the deliveries of products from their suppliers. A standard SAP system supports this scenario using the manufacturers (a type of vendor) and manufacturer part numbers, but this solution is not flexible enough. Another method is based on the quality info record details of the vendor’s manufacturers or suppliers that influence the creation of the purchase orders. To implement the latter approach, you need to code and activate ABAP Workbench objects.

If your company needs to manage purchasing activities based on the quality of your main vendor’s manufacturers or goods suppliers, then you can implement Business Add-Ins (BAdIs) to take into account the quality info record (Q-info record) details in a given priority order. That is, the Q-info record details of the manufacturers have priority over the Q-info record details of the goods suppliers, which in turn have priority over the Q-info record details of the main vendor. This prioritization allows the company to manage the quality of the vendor’s deliveries at the time of the purchase order creation.

With standard SAP functionality, you cannot differentiate the quality of materials purchased from a vendor that sources materials from multiple manufacturers and good suppliers. The following scenario, which is based on my experience, shows how to enhance the quality management module using the ABAP Workbench so that you can assess the quality of materials when the vendor has more than one goods supplier.

In my example, there is one main vendor (called trading vendor) and a sub-vendor with multiple manufacturers that can provide the same material (powdered milk) to the company at its production site. The production site belongs to the Legal Entity YYY and is linked to the customer's trading site (Legal Entity XXX). The link is done in customizing as part of the enterprise structure preparation.

The fact that the company needs to manage its purchase orders based on the quality of the vendor’s suppliers or manufacturers makes the scenario complex from an SAP point of view. The sub-vendor has a purchase order created with the customer's trading plant, which is the plant of the main vendor. Information is stored in the purchase order PO (1).

Gaetano Altavilla

Dr. Gaetano Altavilla is a senior SAP practice manager. His focus is on pre-sales, delivery of SAP application solutions for large international corporations, and SAP knowledge management in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA).

In his 18 years of SAP application experience working for many multinational companies, such as Procter & Gamble and Hewlett-Packard, he has covered a wide range of ERP logistic areas, focusing on the MM, WM, SD, LES, PP, PP-PI, PLM (QM, PM, PS) modules, as welll as CRM (TFM), SRM (EBP), SCM (SAP APO), and MES (ME) components.

Dr. Altavilla holds a degree with first-class honors in mathematics from the University of Naples and is certified in many SAP modules: SAP Logistics Bootcamp, SAP MM, SD, LE (SHP/WM/LE), PP, PLM (PM, QM, PS), SRM, CRM, SCM (APO), SCM (TM), FI, CO, and Solution Manager. He also has experience in ABAP/4 and application link enabling (ALE) and IDocs. He has participated in numerous industry conferences, such as the SAP Skills Conference in Walldorf at SAP SE.

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