Use this function to update one or more existing configurations and variant items which are repeatedly ordered and need adjustments for one of the following reasons:
• Changes to the configuration details; for example, a new feature has been added or an option has changed
• Pricing changes, including changes in the Sales Configuration pricing rules
• Engineering changes to item data, product structure, or routing, including changes in the Product Configuration rules
1 Select a configurable item. If the configurable item has not been analyzed yet, the system prompts you to analyze it first.
2 A Configuration Browse window is displayed. Use the search box to filter records and look up the configurations you want to modify. Click OK to select all the configurations displayed in the browse.
Selected configurations are displayed in the Configurations to Rebuild list. You can click the Change Configurations icon to bring up the browse window to change your selections. For information on using the Configuration Browse, see Using Browses and Browse Collections
4 To make batch changes to features in all the selected configurations, select Feature Options. In the expanded box, specify changes to be applied to features of the selected configurations across the board during the rebuild process.
Important: Use caution if you try to update features that are a part of the configuration key. This may lead to multiple variants associated with the same configuration key.
a Under the Add/Update tab, specify changes to apply to the configurations by selecting features of the configurable item and assigning values to them. To assign a value to a feature, click the Browse icon to bring up a pop-up window that lets you designate values in either the basic format or the advanced format.
• In the basic format, for features with defined options, select an option from the option list and click OK to assign the value to the feature. For features that allow fill-ins, including those associated with browse codes, you can add a feature option or browse code to the option list. Then select it as the new value for the feature. The system validates the new value during the rebuild process and displays an invalid option error when invalid values or undefined browse codes are found.
Rebuild Feature Options
• In the advanced format, you can directly type feature values.
b Under the Delete tab, specify variables to delete from the configurations. You can only delete variables that are no longer defined as features attached to configurable items.
5 If you want to reprice the configurations, select the Pricing check box. When you select this option, the system updates the list price and net price of the configurations, as well as related price lists.
Note: In the Effective Date drop-down list, you can select or manually enter a date for the updated price lists to take effect. The effective date is no earlier than the current date.
6 If you want to update the product structures and routings of the variant items, select the Product Structure/Routing check box. Then specify whether you want to obsolete or delete the old product structures and routings.
• Delete: Old product structure and routing records are removed from the system. New records are created without date information.
• Expire and Effective Date: Old product structure and routing records are marked as expired but are still retained in the system. You can manually enter the effective date for the new records; the End Date for old records is one day before the Effective Date for the new records. By default, the Effective Date is Today.
Note: When expiring old product structure/routing records and creating new ones, the system keeps the records effective in the future intact.
7 By using Variant Item Cost Roll-Up in Configuration Rebuild, you can control whether to rebuild configurations with cost roll-up.
• Yes. In rebuilding a variant item, the system does the cost roll-up, recalculating the variant item cost.
• No. By default, in rebuilding a variant item, the system does not modify any cost data of the variant item. This is often the case when costs are frozen for a certain period, typically a financial year, but the configuration changes within that period.
8 If you selected the Pricing and Product Structure/Routing options, you can select Show Detail to display detailed change information in the rebuild report.
9 Click Rebuild. The system displays the number of configurations and variant items to rebuild and tells you that the rebuild process may take a long time. Click OK to start the rebuild process.
Note: The rebuild process may take a long time depending on the number of configurations and variants to rebuild and the complexity of the configurations.
10 Depending on your selected rebuild options, the system performs a number of batch updates to the configurations and variants including changing feature values, repricing configurations, and re-creating product structures and routings.
Note: Currently, the system does not create new variants during configuration rebuild even if new variant item numbers should be generated from the changes. In such cases, the system displays a warning message informing you that the configuration changes warrant new variant item numbers. You can manually assign new numbers to affected variant items in Item Number Change (1.4.13).
11 When the rebuild process is complete, the system displays a rebuild report. The report summarizes all the updates made to the configurations and variants, including changes to features, product structures, routings, and price information. You can print and save the report.
The system runs the following product configuration rules when rebuilding a configuration:
• Variant item data rule
• Variant product structure rule
• Variant routing rule
Currently, the system does not process sales configuration rules during configuration rebuilds.
Note: The rebuild process does not update product structures and routings for kit type configurable items—either physical kit or phantom kit.
If errors occur during the rebuild process, the system displays error messages that show affected variant item numbers and invalid options.
If the configuration rebuild process causes the planning item to be changed, the system removes the association between the variant items and the old planning item. Then the system associates the variant items and with the new planning item. The changes are displayed in the result report.