# Use step consumption

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Step consumption eliminates the requirement that you must enter a quantity on the Formula line tab for an ingredient. Instead, step consumption is configured so that it has a From series value and a Quantity value.

The information from the Step consumption per series record that satisfies the quantity on the batch order is selected.

Step consumption is useful when the consumption rate isn't linear with respect to the batch order size and only increases the requirement when a specific quantity threshold is met.

To enable this feature for a new formula, under the Consumption calculation group, change the formula setting for the applicable ingredient from Standard to Step.

You can specify this consumption method on the Setup tab of the Formula line page.

Select Product information management > Bills of materials and formulas > Formulas and then select any formula. On the line details, the Step consumption tab will display the following page.