Chuck (and Dale),

Dale (the other one - he whose name CAN be pronounced and spelled) pointed
out what is perhaps the biggest weakness in I/M backflushing (at least, to
me) - the dreaded ST01/WIP location being the only backflush location.  We
have also utilized MDCC's backflush by operation, which auto-backflushes
from a pre-defined location (the default stocking location), but that isn't
always good either.  What about when you have multiple assembly lines with
common parts?  (Which we do.)

We are in the process of implementing a newly developed (internally)
enhancement that will auto-charge at order release time from specially
coded locations in the departments that are producing the parts.  We would
actually prefer the parts to be charged up front for some items rather than
backflushing at "RM" time.  I think that would be an interesting option for
MAPICS to consider.  I know that you can use Uncontrolled Floor Stock to
accomplish this, but we don't want to do that for a number of reason.

Dale Gindlesperger
IT Manager/Special Projects Leader
Fleetwood Folding Trailers, Inc.
258 Beacon Street
Somerset, PA  15501




                                                                                
                                                          
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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.


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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






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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
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