Thanks for the tips..I will investigate.


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From: "Al Mac" <macwheel99@xxxxxxxxxxx>
To: "SSA's BPCS ERP System" <bpcs-l@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Monday, May 19, 2003 3:53 PM
Subject: Re: Making an item obsolete, yet allow transactions.

> >Is there a way to flag an item, perhaps in IIM or CIC that would not
> >the item to be used on a PO or Shop Order, but allow consumption of the
> >remaining product, and allow the item to be transacted upon?
> Jim
> Here are several ideas.
> Take a look at the function of effectivity dates, and how BPCS tracks
> variances within individual orders, so that you can do substitutions that
> are outside the standard engineering.
> We change the item class when an item becomes inactive in ONE facility,
> still active in ANOTHER.
> We change item class again when it becomes inactive in ALL facilities.
> This inactivity sometimes occurs because of engineering changes in our
> customer parts, or what all needed for customer model lines.
> This coding makes it easier for many users to see which materials can
> safely be moved across facilities, and which need to be sold to other
> companies in our business.
> We have several reports that show the $ value of our inventory based on
> combination of facility warehouse and item class.  Thinking through this
> just helped me identify a possible problem with our inventory costs ...
> Item Class controls where costs go into General Ledger ... when we change
> an item class in our engineering and inventory, I betcha the General
> does not get informed as to the shift in valuation.
> We also convert into common part #s those sub-assemblies for one or more
> customers parts, in which they are physically identical.  The old
> engineering then gets an item class change to designate that it is
> obsolete, and one of the fields points to the replacement item #.  The
> replaced item #s inventory is restated in inventory records as the
> replacement part, and hopefully the physical labeling also.
> We place phantoms in our BOM to label Engineering Change History, so that
> anyone looking at BOM can see the history of Engineering Changes that have
> affected this item.  That means that the ECs show up in SFC300, but no
> transactions get posted to them.  I guess, that one thing you could do is
> to change engineering on the items in question, so that they become
> phantoms in the official BPCS engineering MBM file, while they remain
> for transactions out of the FMA on existing orders.  An idea to test
> implementing.
> BPCS does not do anything different with the parts.
> If it merely a tip off to our users what they supposed to be doing with
> items on basis of item class.
> -
> Al Macintyre
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