SAP Product Hierarchy – Jan 2011 SAP Training batch

This post is to be used in conjunction with our live  SAP Training class where the instructor has discussed the business importance of product hierarchy and how it is used. This post only describes product hierarchy from the technical perspective. For full fledged understanding, please visit our SAP SD Training class online. This post is also useful for students undergoing SAP MM Training as well.

Product hierarchy is based on the database structure PRODHS. It is 18 characters in length and the standard breakdown is as shown below.

PRODH1     CHAR    5
PRODH2     CHAR    5
PRODH3     CHAR    8

If you wanted to customize this structure you would have to change the PRODHS structure which is outside of the scope of this post and is done by an SAP ABAP consultant.  However, if you choose to add new hierarchies based on the already existing structure of ( 5 , 5 and 8 characters ) , you can do the following.

Step No. 1 : Go to [ spro -> IMG -> Logistics General -> Material Master -> Settings for Key Fields -> Data Relevant to Sales and Distribution -> Define Product Hierarchies ]

Step No. 2 – Click on Maintain Product Hierarchy.

Step No. 3 – You can create your own product hierarchies at any level you like.

For example, the following are the standard hierarchies available as part of the standard SAP IDES System.

If you want to add one more to it, say “Welding Services”, you can do so by going to Step 3. above in the SAP Screen and add

You can see the added SAP product hierarchy if you re-open the material again or wish to create a new one.

Exercise : A company has chosen to offer welding services as a separate product line and wishes to add that to the product hierarchy.  Create a new product hierarchy as follows. If they already exist ( have been created by other SAP Training students ) please create your own , by substituting XXX for your own number.

00XXX     Welding Services

00XXX      Gas Welding

0000XXXX     Aceylne Welding

0000XXXX     Ethylene Welding

00XXX     Arc Welding

0000XXXX     Spark Welding

00XXX    Electric Welding

0000XXXX     A/C Welding

0000XXXX     D/C Welding

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25 thoughts on “SAP Product Hierarchy – Jan 2011 SAP Training batch

  1. Rao says:

    I am gettting this error when i am trying to create another entry.

    I had first created one entry and then saved it. Later when i tried to create another entry without saving it, i got this error. “Please create the preceding node first”

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  2. Banu says:

    Created Level 1 -pain killer and subsequent levels of pharmaceutical chemicals. Used 5, 10 ,18 characters for each level from 1-3.

    Pointer to anybody else who does this. Save each level before going to the next level as it gives an error saying ‘Please create the previous node first’. Save the first level by creating a customizing request.

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  3. jitesh says:

    HI SIVA , i am haing a same problem as zahid had.

    What is this means when u r creating a product Heirarchy?

    Create the preceeding node first?

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    • siva says:

      As discussed in the class, create the first 5 characters of the product hierarchy, save it, go back and come again to add the next 5+5 . If you still have problems, please let me know and I will show it to you int he class

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  4. justin says:

    hi Siva ,

    product hierarchy tried to add it is saying the same msg ( please create the preceding node first)

    and have you got any detailed note on product hierarchy what is the main role as we didn’t discuss this ….
    thx

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  5. Nas says:

    I got it right
    00667 Welding Services (1)
    00337 Gas Welding (2)
    00003371 Aceylne Welding (3)
    00003372 Ethylene Welding (3)
    00227 Arc Welding (2)
    00002271 Spark Welding (3)
    00117 Electric Welding (3)
    00001171 A/C Welding (3)
    00001172 D/C Welding (3)

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  6. Nas says:

    Got it right
    00667 Welding Services (1)
    00337 Gas Welding (2)
    00003371 Aceylne Welding (3)
    00003372 Ethylene Welding (3)
    00227 Arc Welding (2)
    00002271 Spark Welding (3)
    00117 Electric Welding (2) not level 3
    00001171 A/C Welding (3)
    00001172 D/C Welding (3)

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  7. Satya Chaganti says:

    00149     Welding Services

    0014900151      Gas Welding

    001490015100152     Aceylne Welding

    001490015100153     Ethylene Welding

    0014900154     Arc Welding

    001490015400155     Spark Welding

    0014900156    Electric Welding

    001490015600157     A/C Welding

    001490015600158     D/C Welding

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  8. Larry Cabral says:

    The original setting for material HDD250GB was Hardware/PC/Drive (00125/00100/00000130), I created a new hierarchy of Hardware/drive (00125/00130) because although related to PC’s as a component piece it is not a subset of PC’s.

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  9. Pooja says:

    Siva

    In product Hierarchy,what if the requirement is to increase the maximum character length of Description field from 40 characters to lets say may be 45.is that possible?If yes then how do we do this?

    Many Thanks,

    Pooja.

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  10. Mital Shah says:

    Hi Siva,
    Exercise : A company has chosen to offer welding services as a separate product line and wishes to add that to the product hierarchy. Create a new product hierarchy as follows. If they already exist ( have been created by other SAP Training students ) please create your own , by substituting XXX for your own number.
    00XXX Welding Services
    00XXX Gas Welding
    0000XXXX Aceylne Welding
    0000XXXX Ethylene Welding
    00XXX Arc Welding
    0000XXXX Spark Welding
    00XXX Electric Welding
    0000XXXX A/C Welding
    0000XXXX D/C Welding
    Answer: Created product hierarchy for above example as follow.
    00999 Welding Services
    0099900997 Gas Welding
    009990099700009995 Acetylene Welding
    009990099700009996 Ethylene Welding
    0099900998 Arc Welding
    009990099800009997 Spark Welding
    0099900999 Electric Welding
    009990099900009998 A/C Welding
    009990099900009999 D/C Welding
    Thanks,
    Mital

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  11. Mahesh says:

    00030 Level 1 Personal Comps-MD
    Level 2
    0003000012 Laptop-MD
    0003000013 Desktop-MD

    Level 3
    000300001200000012 – Hardware-Lvl3-MD
    000300001300000012 – DesktopHardware-Lvl-3-MD

    Created Material MD-HDD250GB-FP and assigned Product hierarchy.

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