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BOM is in use cannot make changes : production order

Hi Experts ,

When we transfer a  production order to SAP ME I am getting the following error  - “BOM is in use and cannot make changes”.

We are using the same BOM (No changes ) for each  production order . However when the previous production order is released to shop floor in SAP ME  with this BOM ,the next subsequent production order is getting the above error . Then I have to go the SAP ME BOM Maintenance and uncheck the current version and do a “RETRY”  in SAP MII for the successful transfer .

As per the document ,

SAP ME defaults the first BOM to version A and increments an additional integer value for subsequent updates. For example: A-01, A-02. A new BOM version is created when you change the following in SAP ERP:

  • Material numbers of ERP BOM item
  • Subitems quantity of the ERP BOM item
  • Quantity of ERP BOM item
  • ERP BOM status    -    Status is changed to releasable from NEW  in SAP ME
  • Quantity of ERP BOM header

My Question is :

1. Is it correct if the BOM is in use ,we cannot use it for new production order ?  if yes is there any set-up where  MII can automatically update that to a new version instead of manually updating it in SAP MII

2 . If I makes changes in the  production order xml the status to “releasable” .will it then take the same BOM and the version .



Former Member replied


Set the ignore bom updates system rule to true



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