Existing Configuration Item Numbers
The AutoCreate Configuration Item program does not contain features to search for existing configuration items. It always creates a new configuration item for each order. Your MIS department can, however, write a PL/SQL program to search for matching configurations and directly insert it into the AutoCreate Configuration Item PL/SQL package. If you set the profile option BOM: Check for Duplicate Configuration to Yes, then the AutoCreate Configuration Item process calls this custom procedure before creating new configuration items. If that procedure returns an item number, AutoCreate Configuration Item links that configuration item to the sales order instead a creating a new configuration item.
The AutoCreate Configuration Item program does, however, search for multiple new orders for duplicate configurations. If the program finds multiple orders for the same configuration, it creates one new configuration item and links it to each order.