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Re-using material numbers

Postby MMPP » Tue Jan 05, 2016 10:46 am

After 15 years on SAP, our (self-imposed quasi 5 digit) FERT material number range is about to run out. We are probably good for another 1.5 years, so no rush.

There are different ways to deal with that. We can start a different range, add a digit or two, etc. However, there are a LOT of unused materials, and quite a number of materials which have never been used after they were set up.

Before you say "bad idea"... I wanted to explore the possibilities of re-using material numbers. From what I have read, deleting materials via SARA doesn't really really release them. So another option I see would be to create some program which goes through all the views and "initializes" them for a new setup. It would reset accounting, costing, purchasing, units, UPC, and block the materials until they are set up again and released by costing.

Has anyone done something like that? Any hints, suggestions, reasons that this should not work?
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Re: Re-using material numbers

Postby MMPP » Thu Mar 10, 2016 3:21 pm

Still looking for some ideas or feedback. :(
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Re: Re-using material numbers

Postby Snowy » Mon Mar 14, 2016 2:36 pm

ok, I will say it:

bad idea!


best solutions:
1. extend your number range
2. add digits
3. choose a completely new number range.
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