Sometimes, Customers refer to a material using their own material number. For example, a material M-01 that we call with a description as “Bio Reagent – 101” could be referred to as REAGENT-1201 or some other name. When the Purchase Order comes in from the customer, it comes in with the name REAGENT-1201. If this is bound to happen all the time, it makes sense to map this name to our material in SAP to ensure that all further orders coming in from that particular customer for REAGENT-1201 are mapped to material M-01. This mapping is done in Customer Material Info Record ( CMIR )
The transaction code for CMIR is [VD51] ( To create a CMIR ). The menu path for the same is [ Logistics ->Sales and Distribution -> Master Data -> Agreements -> Customer Material Information ].
Enter the Customer Number, Sales Organization and distribution channel ( As you can realize, CMIRs can be maintained for each customer per Sales org/distribution channel combination )
Enter the material M-01 and the name of the material that the customer is referring to ( The customer is referring to the material M-01 as REAGENT-1201 ) in this case.
There is further data that can be entered specifically for this customer. In the shipping section, you can select a plant and this will take priority over the delivering plant in the Material Master’s Sales/Plant view. Another field is the Usage Field. You can specify a usage here and change the Item category determination.
Customer Material Info Record Demo
Let’s create a sales order for this customer/ material combination and see the effect of the customer material info record. If you enter REAGENT-1201 in the Customer Material Number column, the material M-01 ( internal reference material ) is pulled up automatically. Similarly, if M-01 is entered, the customer material number is pulled up automatically.