When the modeling tree is completed and the product model contains all the features that you want, it is time to test how it configures items. This testing phase is very important, and you may have to go back to your model design several times to fix errors or add more features before you are satisfied with the way the product model configures items. Remember that when the product model is released for general use, any errors it might still contain are likely to cause both wrongly configured items and unhappy users or customers.

  1. Compile the product model.

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    See Compile the product modelfor the description of this procedure.

    This is the first test. Any node in the modeling tree that produces compilation errors will be marked with a red dot. You will then have to find the cause of each error and correct it. When the product model can be compiled without errors, you are ready to test how it works.

  2. Approve the product model by clicking in the form.

    You must make the product model active for an appropriate modeling-enabled item from the form. You can do this from the lower pane of the form. Select the item you want to use for the test phase, preferably a designated test item, select a date interval.

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    Select no dates if you want to make the product model active for this item on all dates.

    Then approve the version by clicking in the lower pane of the form and make it active by selecting the check box in the lower pane.

  3. Create a sales order, purchase order, production order, sales quotation, project quotation, or item requirement for the item you just made configurable with your new product model, and configure it in different ways. For more information about item configuring, see Configuring items.

  4. Verify that the BOMs and routes created by the product model are correct and that they contain all required information.