I>  From:       b_holden@csisystems.co.uk (Bruce Holden)
>  It does provide full traceability if you use the "Generate Shop Order"
>  flag in Item/Facility Planning Master. 

         [Al Macintyre]
Are you referring to CIC = Item Planning/Costing File which is maintained by 
MRP140 Facility Planning Maintenance Update in which F1 Help inconsistently 
labels CIC in places as Item/Facility File?

We are on 405 CD & I looked through CIC without success seeking such a flag.
Is this V6 or an add-on to BPCS?

I did not see a single file called Item/Facility Planning Master
I really wanted some way to list files by title(text) to simplify the search, 

>  This automatically generates top level shop orders 
>  as an automatic consequence of accepting the customer
>  order for that item(s), and is cross-referenced back to it. It is then
>  possible, according to the same setting for sub-assembly items, to
>  generate multi-level shop orders down to the required level, all
>  cross-referenced to parent shop order and original customer order, and
>  complete with an enquiry to allow full visibility of the generated tree.

Our top few levels of items use the customer part number then same number but 
some additions, for ease of correlating item identification with inquiries 
from customers.  I could see value in doing this for some customers whose 
needs are rather volatile, with short lead times (for the customers) in which 
we have sufficient safety stock to support this behavior.

Lower sub-assemblies use number systems common to many customers & families 
of products.  They make sense to continue via MRP.

>  There will be some differences to your current working practice as the
>  comon reference all the way through here is the originating customer
>  order but I would not see that as a problem. MRP may be used alongside
>  this routine for batch production items.

My interest is in performance, ease of flag throwing, seeing which way a 
multi-level customer part is set for, and nothing falls through the cracks.

Right now we run full regeneration MPS MRP every week night for all 
facilities & sometimes do net changes at mid-day for individual facilities.  
I am thinking that we might want this feature for selected items for selected 
customers, or use our own internal resupply orders to test the feature.

But if we tended to switch parts between normal MRP & this deal, we would 
want inquiry to show full visibility of the tree of sub-assemblies that are 
coded to be launched this way as soon as a customer order comes in, and any 
non-common components that are not coded consistently with the other branches 
of the tree.

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