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

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