Coristo SAP Object Structure Explorer

In the Coristo SAP Object Structure Explorer, SAP objects and structures (such as routings, production orders, networks, maintenance orders, functional location structures, BODs, BOMs, etc.) can be exploded and displayed on a role- and user-specific basis and also merged with 3D models and 3D animations. The Explorer is based on the functionalities of SAP 3D Visual Enterprise.

Documents (DIS) assigned to SAP business objects - from drawings to any accompanying documents to 3D visualized assembly instructions or 3D models - can be called up and displayed directly, i.e. all relevant information can be made easily available.

The solution is easily adaptable to customer-specific use cases and can thus serve as a consumer solution for a number of work steps in business processes.

The Coristo SAP Object Structure Explorer is available as a modern web-based Fiori app on the SAP Cloud Platform, but can also be used as an SAP GUI solution.


The Coristo SAP Object Structure Explorer is a navigation cockpit for SAP objects and structures, especially from the areas of production and maintenance, such as routings, production and maintenance orders, functional location structures, networks - but also material masters, document and material BOMs. The use is therefore not limited to logistic scenarios, even though this is where it originated.

In suitable scenarios, a bidirectional coupling between SAP view and 3D view is possible, which offers simplicity and transparency in SAP.

The adaptability of the scenarios to customer-specific use cases is guaranteed via a generic customizing transaction...

  • Simple navigation with high ease of use directly in SAP interfaces.
  • Resolution of SAP objects, such as work plan, production order, network, maintenance order with various document originals, including 3D files, in a comfortable navigation cockpit.
  • Document originals (e.g. PDF, Word, Excel, JPG, etc.) can be displayed in a very simple way.
  • By integrating the capabilities of SAP 3D Visual Enterprise, 3D data can be displayed just as easily.
  • Bidirectional connection between SAP BOM component and Parts in the 3D model. This allows positioning e.g. on a component in the production order and visualization of the respective part in the integrated viewer and vice versa. Likewise, the bidirectional connection between SAP work process and 3D animation steps is possible.
  • Direct jump options in SAP standard transactions or also in customer transactions (currently only in the SAP GUI version).

Extensibility and requirements


  • Customizability via simple customizing.
  • Flexible extensibility via BADIs/extension spots, e.g. to read customer-specific columns, resolve other objects or trigger other actions.


  • SAP ERP 6.0 with Basis at least 7.0
  • SAP Gateway at least version 7.4, recommended version 7.5
  • Fiori Frontend Server 6.0
  • Storage of document originals in SAP PLM document management system
  • For SAP GUI version: Installation of the current version of the SAP Visual Enterprise Viewer (at least release 8.0, freely available from SAP) 

Customer example

Easy access to documents at the right time and in the right place were the reasons for looking for a new software solution.

By using the Coristo Manufacturing Cockpit, we were able to convert production to paperless document access in wide areas as part of our digitalization offensive. Today, access takes place via so-called digital workbenches. This eliminates the need for paper-based document distribution and document retrieval when documents are changed.

With the new solution, the currently valid documents are always available at the workstation.

Currently, the business objects network, production order, equipment, document info record, material master, batch and WBS element are supported. All relevant documents, such as drawings, welding and inspection plans, process instructions, material certificates, inspection reports, photo documentation, order documents, ..., which are linked to the above objects during the product creation process, can be accessed via the Manufacturing Cockpit at the workstation.

Here, it is not mandatory to name the exact object where a document was stored. Through customizable structure and substructure resolutions, it is possible to either focus on the result or also to expand the specified context.

Via our BDE terminal integration, it is possible to jump directly from the BDE process to the Manufacturing Cockpit. In doing so, the necessary object information, such as production order number and operation, is transferred from the PDC to the Manufacturing Cockpit so that it can immediately start in the correct context and list the associated documents.

By integrating the Manufacturing Cockpit into our SAP Launchpad, we are also able to retrieve the current documents from SAP at any time using mobile devices (tablets, etc.).

Thomas Hofmann, PLM Inhouse Consultant – Project Manager

Linde Engineering

Customizable structure and substructure resolutions make it possible to either focus the result or also expand the specified context

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