Confuguarable Material Cost Estimate

Hi All.,
It is an urgent requirement.......
My client having both configuarable & non configuarable materials.....
with regarding to the configuarable material cost estimate i don't have good grip on this.
Can anybody please share some guidlines for how to create the cost estimate.....
Thanks one and all.,
Raja

Configurable materials can only have a cost estimate when there is a sales order bom to define the build.
We use configurable material and the cost estimate is configured in the same manner as standard material (Costing variant,costing dates, transfer control, etc. but some of the details differ), but it is only Saved within a Sales order. You can use CU50 for a trial cost - the configuration will have to be created in CU50 before it will cost.
When costing configurable materials in sales orders or for sales orders the valuation variant is different from standard cost variant in these points:
1 - The costing type is different. 18 - Sales order costing vs. 01 - Standard cost est. (mat.)
The Costing type for Sales order does not allow updating of the standard price in the Mat Mstr
The Costing type for Sales order also controls the use of Labor overhead for the costing variant.
2 - Valuation Variant can be different - Valuation for Prod Costing specifies the rules to build a cost estimate. For Sales order, you may want it to use ONLY the standard price for a material/component, and NOT build a cost estimate.
3 - Date control - The default “from” date for the Config Mat in a Sales order is “Today” while for product costing it is “first of next month”
Our Prod Cost Est. is valid until the end of the Fiscal year when a new cost estimate is released. Our Config Material on a Sales order is valid until the end of time.
I cannot explain “why” we chose one over the other, most of the decisions were made before I arrived. But the Costing Type Difference is very important to us, because there is no chance that the cost estimate will interfere with setting of standards and it allows “searching” for a Sales Order Cost estimate.
You have to analyze how each part of the costing variant could impact the business and decide how to set it. If circumstances change, you can review the settings later. (I fully intend to review some of ours directly after this conversation.)
Sales Order Costing Variants are on OKY9 while product costing is at OKKN
Sales Order Costing Variants are assigned under SD “Maintain Requirements Classes for Costing/Account Assignment (table T459K)
Hope this helps.
Althea

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