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1540446 - Error "Material ID XYZ not valid; it does not fall within the allowed range" While Saving a New Material


You may have a requirement to define the Material ID by using alphanumeric and special characters. But while defining a new material like that, system throws below error message

Material ID XYZ not valid; it does not fall within the allowed range

Reproducing the Issue

  1. Go to Product Portfolio Work Center.
  2. Select view Products.
  3. Select By Materials subview. 
  4. Select New button and enter a Material ID which is the combination of Special characters and alpha numeric characters. For example: 1234-AB.
  5. Fill other required fields with any data and Select Save button. 

System throws above error message.


If the setting for alphanumeric and special characters number ranges is not maintained in the fine-tuning activity Number range for Materials, it is not possible to use alpha numeric characters/special characters for Material ID.



  1. Go to work center Business Configuration
  2. Select view Implementation Projects
  3. Select Open Activity list button. 
  4. Select Fine Tune arrow at the top. 
  5. Select fine tuning activity Number range for Materials. A new screen opens.
  6. Enter the length of the Material ID in the field Total Length (including prefix).
  7. Fill the fields Start Number and End Number according to your requirements and make sure to set Interval Type as Manual (Refer section 'See Also' for details).

Now you can able to define the Material ID using alphanumeric and Special characters.


See Also

Exampe 1:

Total Length (including prefix): 5

Start Number: .

End Number: Z999Z

Interval Type: Manual

Then you can define employee ID like: 1X2-5, 5-01A, 1-99Z, A12J

Example 2:

Total Length (including prefix): 9

Start Number: .

End Number: Z9999999Z

Interval Type: Manual

Then you can define employee ID like: 0X001A-1A, 1256-01AA, 10001-99Z, 9X1234Z99, A1236GHAG

Note: If the Total Length (including prefix) is n, then the Start Number should be 0 and the End Number will be in the format (n-1) 9s and starts and ends with letter Z.


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