Intelligence in part numbers has significant drawbacks. Do your research
carefully.

Andrew Newell, CIRM/CPIM
Phoenix Business Consulting

-----Original Message-----
From: bpcs-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:bpcs-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx] On
Behalf Of Alister Wm Macintyre
Sent: Wednesday, August 04, 2004 4:10 PM
To: SSA's BPCS ERP System
Subject: RE: Pegging planned items back up to discrete customer orders.

Marc wrote:
>(I am new to this system, I might add).

Marc
I suggest you might want to start a separate thread topic on topic related 
to new BPCS users finding documentation, manuals, education, user 
conferences etc. what all is out there to help a person new to this system 
rapidly gain a good understanding of how it works, what it can and cannot 
do easily.  You might also search the BPCS archives, as this is a topic 
that has come up from time to time in the past.

Everything you ask for is possible, but it requires work by various people 
in your company, and financial expenditures that may not be desired by 
other entities in the corporation.

For example, we have a set of product structures in which we combine 
similar work for many different customers because that is efficient in 
terms of setup time and the fact that our machinery can be set to make 
thousands of parts a minute if making same part, but setup takes half an 
hour.  If that is not a reality for your business, then there is nothing to 
prevent you from having a product structure in which the parts are uniquely 
named by customer.

Let's suppose end item for customer is 1A7X
Its components might be 1A7X-A 1A7X-B 1A7X-C and so forth
in which you have a system of naming that makes sense to your manufacturing 
process
then every part you make has as its first few characters, an item that is 
unique to end customer part #, or perhaps use 2-3 letters meaning the 
customer, and stick that someplace constant location on the item #

If all your manufactured items were identified that way, then 100% shop 
orders by customer.
But getting your number system to that reality could be a big ordeal.

-
Al Macintyre  http://www.ryze.com/go/Al9Mac
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