Configuration-based Product Configuration Model in Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations allows to pre-define products with a set of rules and restrictions. The attributes of a product are pre-determined in a model and relations between the attributes are set.
Let’s consider a Product Configurator example for a manufacturer of custom Plastics products – a topic near and dear to us.
Price for a plastic sheet can vary based on customer specifications. Plastic can be sold in pounds or kilograms (among many other units of measure) and price of a unit depends on added variations for the finished goods, such as color, cutting or slitting options, gauge (the measurement of thickness of a plastic sheet) and numerous other factors.
Let’s limit our model Polystyrene to just gauge and slitting: both are added as attributes to the configuration model.
- Gauge is an attribute with type = decimal and values limited from 0.02 to 1 inches.
- Slitting is a Boolean attribute with value = true when slitting is required.
A base price is $5/lb. in our example. A fee for slitting has to be defined in the price model: e.g. for $.08/lb.
However, there are gauge restrictions for slitting: a plastic sheet can be slit only with maximum gauge of 0.06 in.
The good way to setup that restriction would be to use the condition functionality on a Read-only modifier – make the attribute Slitting read-only while Gauge > 0.06 in. However, the list for the Attributes allowed in the expression for the condition does not include decimals attributes:
Unfortunately, the decimal attributes cannot be used in constraints out of the box.
We suggest a workaround: use a hidden Boolean attribute with the name Can slit.
The attribute’s value depends on the value for Gauge: if Gauge is less or equal to 0.60, Can slit = true. The condition can be set in the Calculations section of the Constraint-based product configuration model:
We need to define a read-only condition for the Slitting attribute, but now we can based it on the value of the Can slit Boolean:
After validating the product model, let’s test.
1) Gauge is 0.10, Slitting is not available for the product:
2) Gauge is 0.03, the Slitting option is available:
And when Slitting is selected, the price for the product reflects the additional fee (the base price is $5, plus $.08 for slitting):
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