No, you do not necessarily need an engineering site separate from production, but it sure makes life simpler by keeping items, bills, routings separate until they are ready for prime time.

VPi is Visual Planner for iSeries and is an INFOR add-on. It runs on a desktop and "on top" of MRP - you must still have MRP. It gives a graphical representation of the MRP recommendations and allow you to do what-if's and then lock in a plan. Lots more to it than that, so ask you INFOR account rep for a demo.


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Richard (Dick) Stover | Consulting Manager
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From: mapics-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:mapics-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Barb.MacIntosh@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
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Thanks for the info.
Knowing when to cutover is always a bit tricky whether you use rev levels or new part numbers. We use effectivity dates quite regularly and it usually takes an initial date and a couple revisions as it gets closer.
Thats why I always tell the planner just give a rough date and it is expected it will change a couple times.
Is VPi an add-on? I'm not familiar with it.
Also, do you need an engineering site if you are using effectivity dates in the bills of material?




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Sounds like you have done the necessary homework to decide to bite the
bullet on revisions. It does work well except that there is another layer
of discipline required. This involves when to switch over to a new
revision (use effectivity dates), working off the old inventory/revision
level, when to start ordering components, using an engineering site to get
everything ready before moving to production, and so on. The point is to
get your internal procedures worked out and get commitment to follow them.
You asked about tracking inventory by revision. This is coming, but for
now the only "simple" way is a different batch/lot no. and possible
physical segregation. From a production planning/scheduling standpoint
the right tool is VPi because it will let you plan and schedule more than
one revision of the same item side-by-side.


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Richard (Dick) Stover | Consulting Manager
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From: mapics-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:mapics-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx]
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Sent: Friday, November 30, 2012 10:50 AM
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Subject: [MAPICS-L] Using revision levels instead of new component numbers

We are looking for a solution to avoid the ever growing practice of
assigning new component numbers every time the component changes. (one
school of thought here on interpreting the form, fit, function rule)

Has anyone had success in using the revision level feature in XA? We have
done some testing on this and it seems to work well- we created revisions
with different costs and effective dates and tried them out in bills of
material. Some are hesitant about the fact that we cannot track inventory
by revision level.

We are at release 7.06

Any feedback would be appreciated.














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