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date: Wed, 26 Apr 2017 17:46:59 -0400
from: Rob Berendt <rob@xxxxxxxxx>
subject: Re: [BPCS-L] Deleting an Inventory Location -- automate the
manual data entry pain
Nice plug, but wouldn't you have to key the data into Excel?
So, I can key the data into INV500 manually, with it's interactive edit checks, or, I can key the data into Excel without any edit checks and then pump it up with your software and then let the edit checks happen.
I can only see this being an advantage if I had some method of an intelligent automated process which would dump out the necessary corrections, convert that into Excel, and then pump it up with your software.
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From: "Milt Habeck" <mhabeck@xxxxxxxxxx>
To: "BPCS user group" <bpcs-l@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: 04/26/2017 05:43 PM
Subject: [BPCS-L] Deleting an Inventory Location -- automate the
manual data entry pain
Sent by: "BPCS-L" <bpcs-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Replies from Mr. Bilgen and Al Mac confirm our conclusion that a considerable amount of manually-entered inventory transaction activity will be needed to solve this.
There is no way within BPCS to prohibit the use of an active location by specific items. So, it's necessary to deactivate your bad locations and to do that, all inventory quantities will first have to be removed or moved.
The simplest method would be to remove or zero out invalid locations with a cycle count type of transaction, but that does not handle actual inventory that may exist. So a better alternative would be to transfer any existing inventory found in the bad/fictitious locations into valid locations.
Here's an idea to greatly reduce the pain of manually entering a high volume of transactions. Our Lickety-Split software transports rows of Excel data into iSeries green screen apps (in this case INV500) as if it were being keypunched. It's lightning fast with zero fat thumb errors .... and ....
the edit checking in the green screen application is still performed. It's slick.
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Automating the INV500 entry effort with Lickety-Split makes the inventory clean-up extremely quick .... before more inventory arrives in the bad location by accident.
Additional research may be needed to see what is causing your inventory to get into the bad locations in the first place. If it is arriving from open shop orders or allocations, those may also need to be taken care of before locations can be deactivated.
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