Are the service parts physically identical, just need to be handled differently? If in fact they are identical, for what purpose do you need to keep track of some excess? You might consider a different warehouse to hold spare parts. There are MRP Order Type Codes that can force some discrete excess to remain in inventory, and you can do it seasonally, pegged to fluctuations in customer demand..

We use simple safety stock to support customers that by advance arrangement can need some volume on short notice. We ship same day from the safety stock, then release an order to replenish it.

You might consider method codes, which we use for repairs, and customer parts of an old revision returned to us to rework into latest revision ... same item, need different work done. The method code controls whether we already have what sub-components needed.

You might consider different facilities, which we use when there are parts that can be manufactured or purchased ... one facility for manufacturing, another for distribution. The associated paperwork shows which facility the same item # came out of.

We also use the identical item # with an extra letter on the end to designate something that is almost identical to the original item # with a few exceptions, such as sample of new revision before engineering change is finalized.
Hi All,

Does any have any ideas of how we could manage service parts with BPCS instead of creating an entire new system? Our problem is that a service item and a production item has the same item number and we need a way to tell the difference. We though of using item type but IIM does not allow for duplicate item numbers.

Thanks in advance.


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