>From a purely functional point of view MRP will be of little use without
demand to drive it.  In most discrete manufacturing companies that demand is
derived through either forecasts or orders then through MPS.  I'm not sure
how BPCS MRP would work without the MPS module.

Mitch Damon, CPIM
Planning Systems Manager
Agrilink Foods, Rochester NY
(585) 383-1070 ext. 250

-----Original Message-----
From:   Blackwell, Jim [SMTP:jblackwell@KBAlloys.com]
Sent:   Tuesday, July 09, 2002 11:18 AM
To:     'bpcs-l@midrange.com'
Subject:        Implementing MRP

Here's my short story.  I'm the new corporate IT guy.  One of our divisions
in the UK has BPCS 5.1.01 and went through the millennium conversion only.
They have the MRP module but have never used it. They claim not to have the
MPS module.  Now their director wants to implement "some type of planning
function". The issue is that we will be evaluating an ERP solution
corporate-wide.  Is it worth trying to implement BPCS MRP for this division
as an interim step - and do we even have that option given the
circumstances? I would appreciate anyone's thoughts. I have no hands-on with

Jim Blackwell
Corporate IT Director
KB Alloys, Inc.
Voice: (610) 693-1111, Extension 254
Fax: (610) 693-8121
Email: jblackwell@kballoys.com

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