SAP ABAP Data Element AWSLS (Variance Key)
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Basic Data
Data Element AWSLS
Short Description Variance Key  
Data Type
Category of Dictionary Type D   Domain
Type of Object Referenced     No Information
Domain / Name of Reference Type AWSLS    
Data Type CHAR   Character String 
Length 6    
Decimal Places 0    
Output Length 6    
Value Table TKV01    
Further Characteristics
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Parameter ID   
Default Component name VARIANCE_KEY   
Change document    
No Input History    
Basic direction is set to LTR    
No BIDI Filtering    
Field Label
  Length  Field Label  
Short 10 Var. key 
Medium 15 Variance key 
Long 20 Variance Key 
Heading VarKey 


Key that controls variance calculation.


Variances can only be calculated for the orders for which a variance key has been entered. This key is defaulted through the costing view in the material master record.

If you have activated variance calculation in the variance key, the value of the scrap is calculated at target cost and subtracted from the actual costs before the variances are determined.


If you are working with cost object hierarchies, the cost object category determines how variances are calculated.

  • If the costs collected at hierarchy level are distributed to the assigned orders (product cost collectors or manufacturing orders), you must enter a variance key in each order so that the R/3 System can calculate variances for the assigned orders.
  • If the costs collected at the hierarchy level are settled as price differences, you must store a variance key in the cost object nodes and calculate variances for the entire cost object hierarchy.


You select the control parameters for variance calculation through the variance key in the order or in the cost object hierarchy and a target version.

Supplementary Documentation - AWSLS 0001


If you assign a variance key to a plant, this variance key is transferred to the material master record when you create a costing view for a material.


If you want to change the variance key for existing materials according to the assignment you make, you can use the SAPMKKS1 report:

Supplementary Documentation - AWSLS 1


By assigning a variance key to a plant, you ensure that this variance key is transferred when you create a costing view for the material master record of a material.


To change the variance keys of existing materials according to the assignment made here, use the Program SAPMKKS1:

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