This document provides a simple overview of batch management within the context of material production and stock management in SAP.
A batch is defined as a subset of the total quantity of a material held in stock, representing a homogeneous unit with unique specifications. Batch Management indicator can be set manually or automatically in the material master record, and it is maintained at different levels – plant, material, and client.
The document highlights the reasons for implementing batch management, such as traceability in case of complaints and recall issues, search via expiration date, ISO certification, and the management of batch characteristics to determine which batch fits a specific requirement.
The guide also provides practical examples of creating weekly requirements, running MRP against those requirements, converting purchase requisitions to purchase orders for raw materials, and creating batch numbers during goods receipt. It further discusses the process of issuing multiple batches to a single production order, a process known as batch splitting.
Finally, the document explains how to use MB56 transaction code to trace the usage of a particular batch of raw material, providing a valuable tool for quality control and customer complaint handling.