I would suggest that you speak with someone from Blackmer Pumps in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Go to their Web site to get contact info. They were using the Configurator Functionality back in 2001. That might be a better approach to your situation. I don't know how much information they would be willing to share, but I do know that they were very successful with their JIT Shop Floor that they were able to interface with the Final Assembly Orders generated directly from Order Entry. Good Luck. Frederick C. Davy, CPIM, PMP Business Systems Analyst Interface Solution, Inc. Phone: (315) 592-8101 Fax: (315) 592-8481 e-mail: fcdavy@xxxxxxxxxxxx "DeeDee Virgei" <DeeDee.Virgei@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> Sent by: bpcs-l-bounces+fcdavy=sealinfo.com@xxxxxxxxxxxx 10/12/2006 08:41 AM Please respond to SSA's BPCS ERP System <bpcs-l@xxxxxxxxxxxx> To "SSA's BPCS ERP System" <bpcs-l@xxxxxxxxxxxx> cc Subject Re: [BPCS-L] FAS orders and standard cost Hi Doug, A while back we looked at using 'features and options' w/ BPCS planning bills, but ran into similar problems. I don't recall the details, just that we could not use it and were not able to find other BPCS clients that use it (without customizing the code)... Although we did get the assortments to work; where our order entry staff enters the assortment part # on an order line, then a screen appears of items/components they are able to select from... The sales & COS are all contained on the selected components... We use assortments for a couple reasons (different then yours though): 1. Less keying when entering common, complex orders. 2. Allowed us to screen scrape our EDI orders right into BPCS, translating our customer part #s into two or more of our part #s. I too would be interested in hearing if anyone does uses BPCS 'features and options' in any of the releases. Best Regards, DeeDee Virgei Project Leader Nelson Stud Welding, Inc. -----Original Message----- From: bpcs-l-bounces+deedee.virgei=nelsonstud.com@xxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:bpcs-l-bounces+deedee.virgei=nelsonstud.com@xxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Doug.McLauchlan@xxxxxxxxxx Sent: Wednesday, October 11, 2006 4:40 PM To: bpcs-l@xxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: [BPCS-L] FAS orders and standard cost We are looking into using Features and Options to process some of our product lines. The benefits are that we would drastically reduce the number of Bills of Material that we need to administer and maintain. However we are having issues with the way costs are recorded for these orders. The standard cost for the F&O Parent is calculated based on the forecast percentages of any feature groups and omits any costs associated with options. So, really the standard cost for that parent is pretty meaningless. But that is still the cost that is used for COGS when the order is shipped. The real cost - the sum of the costs of the components is booked into WIP and there is therefore a cost variance in WIP. The 'solution' from Infor is that we need to report this variance and manually enter it to COGS in the GL. The folks here in finance are of the opinion that if that's the way BPCS works, then nobody could possibly be using Features and Options in their business. Are they right ? If there is anyone out there using it, how do you handle this cost issue ? I'm looking for insight that can help me provide a workaround or solution to the people here. Thanks. Doug McLauchlan IT, BPCS Administrator Planar Systems, Inc. ______________________________________________________________________ This e-mail, and any attachments, is intended only for use by the addressee(s) named herein and may contain legally privileged and/or confidential information belonging to Planar Systems, Inc. If you are not the intended recipient of this e-mail, you are hereby notified that any dissemination, distribution or copying of this e-mail, any attachments thereto, and use of the information contained, is strictly prohibited. If you have received this e-mail in error, please notify the sender and permanently delete the original and any copy thereof. ______________________________________________________________________
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