If you make entries for your items in a standard industry catalog or want to group your items
according to certain descriptive elements, you need to configure your Item Catalog Group
Even if you do not use item cataloging, you must enable at least one segment and compile this
flexfields before you can define items.
These flexfields supports only one structure and dynamic inserts is not allowed.
Item categories
Table name: MTL_CATEGORIES Unique ID Column: CATEGORY_ID
You must define & configure your item categories flexfields before you can start defining items
since all items must be assigned to categories. You can define multiple structures fro different
category groups. So that you can associate these structures with categories & category sets.

Categories are logical grouping of items that have similar characterizes, and a category set is a
distinct category grouping scheme and consist of categories. Different category set accordingly to
company need and reporting structure.
Use: For forecasting & summarizing history of that category. To keep easy track on that category.
Define category sets

Define categories

Specify default category sets
Assign categories to an item
Tables are related as, for item categories MTL_ITEM_CATEGORIES
Unit of Measure
Oracle Applications products provide powerful methods for defining and manipulating units of
measure. You can easily convert between the units you define. This allows you to manufacture,
order, or receive items in any unit of measure.
Table is related as:
Item setup
The main tables that are involved in item master set up are with their relation,
Item relationship
You can define item relationship between items. This allows you to search items through these
relationships and for maintaining also.
• Item cross reference Use the Customer Item Cross References window to define and update cross
references between your inventory items and the customer item numbers defined in the Customer
Items Summary/Detail windows.
• Substitute items In this relationship you can replace the outdated item, still keeping track on it.
• Related items You can relate different items according to your need.
• Manufacturer part no. You can define manufacturer part numbers for items. You can use this
information for reporting purposes; and in catalog searches for particular items.
Inventory control
• Locator control You will track item as locator wise, it is a common method of inventory control.
• Revision Control With different revision of items according to your need, revision control can be
• Lot Control You will define lot of your items so that you can track that item according to their
lot numbers.
• Serial no. Control For expensive or for which you want tight control you will give serial numbers
to those items. Item catalog
Used to partition items that share some common characteristics.

• Define item flexfields
• Define item categories flexfields
• Define catalog group flexfields
• Define UOM
• Define subinventories.
• Define locators
• Define organization parameters.
• Define intercompany relationship.
• Define picking rules. Some of the parameters we have to set defaults like item status as active,
default primary unit of measure as Each or requisition approval status as approved or unapproved.

Item categories report
You will use this report to list items and their associated categories. Report can develop output as
per category set and for given item range…