Sounds like what you are saying is that you want the Minimum Balance to be 0. That is, you do not want to plan to have anything extra Onhand. Then, when a Customer Order is received, you will plan to produce it. When this happens, you want to make an amount that is over the Customer Order Quantity, but that overage Quantity is not determined. There is not a specific Facility Planning Data setting that will exactly do this.

The Order Policy of 'A' Discrete in combination with a Minimum Balance of 0 will allow Onhand to go to 0 and it will plan the exact Quantity needed when a Customer Order is received. But, it will not plan for an overage. I suppose that when the Order is entered, you could choose to manually increase the Planned Order to whatever Quantity you desire by either releasing a S.O. that includes that increased Quantity or by changing the Planned Order to an FPO with that increased Quantity.

Other Order Policy Codes such as Multiple of Lot Size, Incremental above Standard Lot Size, or Discrete above Standard Lot Size do give you the ability to plan for more than the Customer Order Quantity because the Lot Size or Increment are used in the calculation. However, the overage would only occur if the Customer Order Quantity is not a direct multiple of the Lot Size or Increment.

Please let me know if you have any questions about my comments.

Les Mittman
BPCS Consultant

----- Original Message -----
From: "Carlson, Christopher W." <Christopher.W.Carlson@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <BPCS-L@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Wednesday, May 21, 2008 2:59 PM
Subject: [BPCS-L] Can the standard order policies handle this?

We have several products for which we'd like to allow inventory to drop
to zero and then, when an order arrives, cover the order and build a
certain amount of inventory (which could either be dynamic or a fixed
value) on top of the customer allocation.

Is there any combination of Facility Planning Data settings that can
accomplish this?

--- Chris

| Christopher W. Carlson
| Production Scheduler / Purchaser
| CertainTeed Corporation / Waco, TX
| Ph 254/666-7800 x30 / Fax 254/666-0008

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