We also Ver 405 CD. Over the years we have had facilities that were
opened, ran for several years, shut down. Certain customer's business got
transferred from a specific facility to another specific facility. We took
care of customer orders manually, since it was staggered what business
would overlap two facilities as it transitioned, but we got a modification
written by UPI to move the engineering data (routings, BOM, costs, etc.)
across the relevant facilities, since we have some coding that is facility
For example our main factory has
facility 20 ... all warehouses prefixed 2, with last digit being type of
stuff there ... shipping warehouse, production warehouse, QC problems, etc.
profit center 200 into the General Ledger, with other 2 prefixes as
All work centers there prefixed 2, factory departments prefixed 2.
We have vendor and customer #s for each facility, also using this # system.
This way it is crystal clear to everyone what facility some data is in.
I suggest you take a hard look at DRP and RO (resupply orders).
This manages work that is in transition between facilities.
You can have a customer order in one facility, to be delivered to another
The purpose of this is to treat other facilities like customers and
vendors, without the hassle of having to pay the financials, while managing
inventory and orders same way as for outside customers & vendors.
You can have facilities specializing in different production skills. Just
make sure the engineering defines a discrete item for what gets transferred
across facilities, and you allow enough move time if the factories are not
in close proximity.
When you receive inventory from a different facility, you use a different
transaction than when it is on a purchase order with a vendor. Shipping
out uses the same process as shipping to an outside customer.
If you have 2 facilities with different cost structures ... e.g.
distribution vs. manufacturing ... you don't want to be doing ordinary
transfers of inventory between them, because when the part moves, it drags
its cost structure along with it, so you can end up with inappropriate
costs in the target facility.
We use BPCS special pricing to offer discounts to customers that buy larger
quantities, because this reduces the impact of setup and other
costs. Unfortunately the special price file does not allow for different
pricing structures by facility for same customer item combination.
There are people who need to manage what's going on facility by facility,
and there are people who want to look at the big picture for the entire
corporation. We have had to do a few modifications to make sure both
interests are adequately served.
Ver 405 DC
We have 3 plants. The people who set up BPCS in the 90's are no longer
here. They only set up one facility.
Plant 3 is the final assembly plant, but Plant 1 and 2 only build
sub-assemblies which get supplied to Plant 3.
We are all under the one facility code.
Now, we are wondering how the system might look (work) if we have separate
facility codes for Plants 1 and 2, and treated their output as component
requirements for the plant 3 facility???
Don F. Cavaiani
"It's amazing what you can accomplish if you don't care who gets the
credit." Harry S. Truman
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