We are also on 405 CD We have had some users get confused between values in BPCS that are Global as opposed to by facility. We setup item initially global - IIM item master, then we populate facility - BOM routings inventory orders As time goes by, adjustments are made to the story by facility so that now the values in IIM are divergent from CIC etc. We wrote a little program to check for IIM CIC discrepancies and "fix" IIM when our CIC consistent but different from IIM. We not really need to fix IIM - BPCS works fine, but it is just too many people getting distracted due to being confused. A few items show up in more than one facility with somewhat different rules by facility MRP140 used to update CIC Cost Planning - which has IIM data by facility Some BPCS reports and inquiries show the item master info, also depending on filters used, and some users get confused. They ask me how come this or that screen or report disagrees with some other one. Well, one is by facility, and the other is global. I think SFC350 is a dynamite program --- you can command key to look at the material availability, where the shortages are in production planning, or command key to look at the routing side and get an estimate of how long it will take to make the order. Many files can be looked at by Query/400 but MBM Bill of Materials is not structured such that it meshes well with Query/400 architecture. We have done some stuff that goes down one level per Query/400 line, such as matching child item of FMA (Materials needed for shop orders) with FSO (item being produced), when the raw materials are of a type that we produce. Another work around, depending on what you looking for, we copied source code for one of the BOM2* programs then mucked with the layout of what is printed. User keys in facility and item they interested in, they get a blow through with cumulative lead times, a little bit of routing info, and at each sub-component they also get summary status of active shop orders. We using this to help figure out where some whacko costs come from, and link raw material vendors with end customers for contract pricing. Some BPCS programs are challenging to figure out, so this definitely not a simple solution.
Hi All, Do many of you use SFC350 ("Material/Capacity Availability" screen)? Looking through archives it appears that some of you may... Anyways, it looks like it can be a useful screen, however, the lead times are incorrect - suppose to be cumulative according to the help text. I applied BMR 45520 (which was an A BMR to fix the lead times); the BMR only partially fixed the problem, i.e, corrected the cumulative lead times where BOMs are no more than 2 levels. SSA was able to duplicate this problem and added BMR 62731. But this time they only made it a C BMR (which means it will take at least a few months to fix). Reason being BOM300 supplies this info, hence, there exist a "work-around"... We are on 4.05 CD, however SSA was able to duplicate this problem in V8. Would love to hear your thoughts. Thanks. DeeDee Virgei Nelson Stud Welding, Inc. 7900 West Ridge Rd Elyria, OH 44036 _______________________________________________ Before posting, please take a moment to review the archives at http://archive.midrange.com/bpcs-l.
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