Chuck, Dale offers some good advice, however another factor to consider is how your material consumption process operates. Remember, if you have inventory in multiple stocking locations (concurrently) and you use controlled floor stock to backflush component consumption...which location do you want the inventory to be relieved from? Mapics only gives you one choice. This may or may not be a concern in your case but it bit me here. I have a modification/enhancement in place that provides us the flexibility to have inventory in multiple locations and to conditionally backflush from different locations. Contact me offline if you want to discuss this further. Good luck. Dale Walker Gross-Given Mfg / Automatic Products Intnl. -----Original Message----- From: DaleGindlesperger@xxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:DaleGindlesperger@xxxxxxxxxxx] Sent: Thursday, April 15, 2004 4:09 PM To: MAPICS ERP System Discussion Subject: Re: Controlled vs Uncontrolled Warehouse Chuck, One thing you will find is that (if you are keying transaction) there is more keying on every transaction. You also will end up doing "TW" (inter/intra-warehouse transfers) between locations. That's about the only downside. On the plus side, better inventory controls (you know WHERE the parts actually are), you can store and track them accurately in multiple locations, you can MUCH better define your warehouse and factory floor stocking. There's a lot more, but too much for this forum. If you want more detail than you can handle on this topic, contact Jeff Snyder directly. He's a expert in this area. You can reach him at jeffreygsnyder@xxxxxxxxxxxx Warning! Be prepared for a VERY lengthy response. :) That's said in humor, but it's also very true. He can definitely give you a good rundown on advantages and disadvantages. We use both types of warehouses here, and take advantage of the pluses of each where they actually will benefit us. I determine which to use based on what moves through the warehouse, how I have (or want) to track it (for accounting and control purposes), volume of transactions, and value of transactions and inventory. Also the number of items, difficulty of monitoring and keeping accurate counts, and so on. There's a lot of factors that I use. Dale Gindlesperger IT Manager/Special Projects Leader Fleetwood Folding Trailers, Inc. 258 Beacon Street Somerset, PA 15501 Chuck Kearney <ckearney@hydrosys To: mapics-l@xxxxxxxxxxxx temsco.com> cc: Sent by: Subject: Controlled vs Uncontrolled Warehouse mapics-l-bounces@m idrange.com 04/15/2004 02:59 PM Please respond to MAPICS ERP System Discussion Currently a "Uncontrolled" warehouse, see some reasons to become a "Controlled" warehouse. The most obvious being the ability to stock the same part in more than one location. What are other advantages and disadvantages of "Controlled vs Uncontrolled"? What issues might there be if I were to convert from Uncontrolled to Controlled? Best Regards, Chuck Kearney Materials Manager Hydro Systems Company Phone (513) 842-2511 _______________________________________________ This is the MAPICS ERP System Discussion (MAPICS-L) mailing list To post a message email: MAPICS-L@xxxxxxxxxxxx To subscribe, unsubscribe, or change list options, visit: http://lists.midrange.com/mailman/listinfo/mapics-l or email: MAPICS-L-request@xxxxxxxxxxxx Before posting, please take a moment to review the archives at http://archive.midrange.com/mapics-l. _______________________________________________ This is the MAPICS ERP System Discussion (MAPICS-L) mailing list To post a message email: MAPICS-L@xxxxxxxxxxxx To subscribe, unsubscribe, or change list options, visit: http://lists.midrange.com/mailman/listinfo/mapics-l or email: MAPICS-L-request@xxxxxxxxxxxx Before posting, please take a moment to review the archives at http://archive.midrange.com/mapics-l.