Currently using BPCS Version 8.2.01 on iSeries V5R2.

We are having an issue with Shipping Patterns and Lead-time.  A release is 
received from our customer (EDI) and when the release is pulled into the RMS 
contract in BPCS the shipping pattern will be used.  When the release is 
converted to the order, the lead time is picked up and new dates are calculated 
but the dates are not correct.  The shipping pattern and lead time do not seem 
to be working as they should.

If the item in the release is a firm requirement, the new calculated date 
(still off) will be pulled through for scheduling and MPR.  

If the line in the release is a forecast item only, the shipping lead time is 
not brought through to Scheduling and MPR.  The customer request date is used 
when MPS and MRP are calculated.  We may have a shipping lead time of 31 days 
but the system does not consider this and we would not order our components in 
time to make this build.  

It is a good thing that our Materials Department is aware of these issues and 
ensures that all Customer Orders are covered and production has components when 
time to build.  NOTE:  Our Scheduler will not rely on BPCS and has a 
spreadsheet in which he maintains using information given to him from Customer 

The first time this issue was reported to SSA, we were told that BPCS was 
operating as it should but SSA did create an enhancement BMR.  We were 
persistent and now this BMR has been escalated.

Is there any other companies that are also experiencing this problem and how 
are you dealing with this issue?

Sylvia L. Dufour
Business Analyst
Schukra of North America Ltd.

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