Controlled .vs. Uncontrolled As you state Chuck, controlled WHs give you: 1. visibility - where are the parts - of course this can depend on the size of the facility, etc as far as advantage. 2. Assist pickers - more directive pick list - by location, etc 3. Assist cycle counters - count an area, in lieu of a part number. 4, other advantages - allows for 'inspection area - with a balance. B/L control. discrete allocation to a location. Major strategic issues to consider when moving to a controlled WH: 1. Will you have random locations for a part, or pre defined. This is a big one, determines how you will process and whether you will be able to use 'def stk location' to support transactions or have to key the location. 2. How many locations : WH racks, bins. Floor locations. 3. Do you require inspection upon receipt. ? B/L control, cyclic inspections ? 4. How will you issue to the floor - MO : discrete, Backflush ? What's the volume ? will you bar code the Bins, part numbers and use RF, or use a bar coded document ?(shop packet ) Bar coding of Bins and part numbers is 'on you ' Mapics does not have the function, and a bar - coded pick list can be quite lengthly ? You can Back flush controlled floor stock items from ST01, mapics's WIP area using IM and the 'RM' transaction, or using paperless - back flush from the operation where used, and define a 'mini market' associated with the facility ! quite attractive! But you'll have to 'TW' the parts from the WH to the floor. Shipping : How will you pick all those parts from the WH bins ? MApics offeres 'discrete allocated' pick list - very useful . Timing of the pick list is critical ! Parts have to be there ! you could use the 'staging area' and confim the pick to move all parts from th WH to the ship out area in one key stroke ! Summary : I'd map out you material flow logistics, then decide how best to record the even 'when it occurs' ! have the system reflect reality . I dashed this off, pretty quickly on my way out the door.... sorry for type- o s etc. if you would like further support, help in this area, fill free to contact me directly, ive been through a number of these and it does affect PUR, IM and COM. Hope this helped, and Good Luck Jeffrey G Snyder, CPIM Mapics Consultand 724-699-2506 From: Chuck Kearney <ckearney@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> Reply-To: MAPICS ERP System Discussion <mapics-l@xxxxxxxxxxxx> To: mapics-l@xxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: Controlled vs Uncontrolled Warehouse Date: Thu, 15 Apr 2004 14:59:40 -0400 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. ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Is your PC infected? Get a FREE online computer virus scan from McAfee(R) Security.