If all the preparing transactions are correct, you should see an = transaction with a negative quantity, taking each component out of stock, plus a plus = transaction putting the parent kit into inventory, plus a B transaction taking the parent kit number out of inventory.

That happens pretty well if the parent is NOT in inventory, and components are actually in inventory and available so you can allocate them and ship them. When a parent is in inventory and available, it gets allocated and shipped and the components are ignored. If the parent is NOT in inventory and one component is not avaivable, the components cannot be allocated, so you get only a shipment of the parent kit and it goes negative.

I hope this is clear, if not you can contact me direct. We have been using BPCS kits (in 8.0 now) for 7-8 years. It is critical that somebody manages the inventory records carefully.

Dick Bailey
MCFA, Inc.

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From: bpcs-l-bounces+dick.bailey=mcfa.com@xxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:bpcs-l-bounces+dick.bailey=mcfa.com@xxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Hermann, Robert G.
Sent: Tuesday, October 21, 2008 4:23 PM
To: bpcs-l@xxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [BPCS-L] A question about kit processing in BPCS

I work for a fairly large manufacturing company which is getting ready to introduce a new item which we think can best be handled by the use of kits. We are on BPCS 5.1 which we century dated ourselves using the Focus/2000 product.

We have no experience with kits and very little documentation to go on.
My question is: What inventory transactions should we expect to see regarding both the parent (kit) and component children? Our kit parent is composed of one drum of component child "A" and one drum of component child "B". So, when we ship confirm a quantity of one kit parent, what inventory transactions should I see in the ITH file?

The reason I am asking this question is that I have been running tests on our development AS/400, and I have been getting conflicting results.
During my first test, I could have sworn that I saw a positive "="
transaction and a negative "B" transaction for the parent, and a negative "=" for each component. On subsequent tests, I have been seeing only a negative "B" transaction for the parent. I do note that we "placed" some parent items in inventory for another reason; I searched the BPCS-L archive for posts regarding kits, and reading these has me thinking that by placing some parent items in inventory, we interfered with "normal" kit processing and this is why no inventory transactions were made for the component children.

Any information you provide on this topic will be greatly appreciated.
Thank you.

-- Bob Hermann

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