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Baan/LN Tip of the Week: ERP Setup - Pros & Cons

 

Pros
Each legal entity can have its own general ledger and balance sheet.
Income statements can be generated for the different logistics companies.
Accounting user must go in and out of companies if there is a need to view or create transactions in more than one company.  However, if all companies are tied to the same financial group company, centralized payments, cash receipt application, and display and printing of ledger transactions and trial balances are possible for both companies from within the financial group company.

 

Cons
Tuesday, January 26, 2016/Author: Kathy Barthelt/Number of views (2933)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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BPCS/LX Tip of the Week: Understanding What Goes On Out On The Factory Floor – Part 4

Understanding: What Was Issued to the Shop Order

The shop order inquiry program provides several function keys. By using the function key for the material, the display will present what components have been issued under the issued quantity column. You are also presented with the required quantity. While viewing the quantities you may see that more was issued than what was required. Possibly there was scrap and more material was required to be issued. Perhaps there was an over issue and the balance of the material is slated to be returned to stock.

A red flag should go up if the Shop Order quantity finished is equal to the required quantity for the end item and all the components have not been issued. You may want to investigate why.

Monday, January 25, 2016/Author: Anthony Etzel/Number of views (3270)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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BPCS/LX Tip of the Week: Getting the Most Out of the Shop Order Inquiry Program – Part 3

Understanding: The quantities required, finished and remaining at the operation and in total for the Shop Order

The shop order may require 1,000 pieces but only 950 are reported as finished in total for the shop order. The quantity required is what is planned on the SO and it may be a higher number than what is finished, factoring in that there can be scrap. If a 1,000 pieces are required to be produced, and there is always is scrap of 10 pieces, then plan for scheduling a quantity of 1,010.

The quantity finished for the end item is what is reported in the inventory application with a production order receipt transaction. At the operation level, if the quantity is reported at the operation, there will be a value in the PCS Complete field on the operation detail screen showing the pieces completed through that operation.

If you want to get a handle on the difference between the required quantity and the finished quantity, you may want to look into reporting quantities at the operation level as well as examining how scrap is controlled and reported.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016/Author: Anthony Etzel/Number of views (3431)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Baan/LN Tip of the Week: ERP Setup - Pros & Cons

Pros/Cons of Multi Finance / Single Logistic Company Set-Up


Pros
Each legal entity can have its own general ledger and balance sheet.
Income statements can be generated for the different enterprise units included in the logistics company.
Centralized operations – purchasing, sales, manufacturing, planning, warehousing, etc.
Logistics data visible to all logistics users – a pro if this is what is desired.
One BOM, Routing, and Cost for each item.

 

Tuesday, January 19, 2016/Author: Kathy Barthelt/Number of views (2721)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0
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BPCS/LX Tip of the Week: Getting the Most Out of the Shop Order Inquiry Program – Part 2

Understanding: How many hours remain in total and at each operation?

Now let’s look at what information is being supplied from the shop floor.

It’s not uncommon for transaction reporting to be captured manually on the shop packet that was issued to the factory floor when the SO was released.

The big question is, is anything done with the data? Is it collected and keyed to a  spreadsheet and not shared, or is the transaction data keyed to SFC600? If it is being keyed, ask how often and by whom? Some companies use alternative methods to capture transaction data that do not require batch keying via a keyboard.

Not a lot of data is required to be keyed to SFC600 in order for the SO Inquiry to be useful. The data that should be reported for the transaction process is as follows:

  • The type of hours being reported – machine, run labor, setup labor
  • If reporting setup and run labor you want an employee clock number
  • The shop order and the operation that is being reported
  • Is the operation complete
  • How many good were produced at this operation
  • How many hours – the numbers of hours are critical. Do the employees estimate how many hours they worked, or do they track actual time started and stopped in order to calculate the actual number of hours.

Based on what is captured and how often will have an impact on the SO inquiry screen. Understanding the batch times as to when the transactions are keyed will provide you with the window as to the SO status at that point in time. Or, are they keyed as they happen in a near real time fashion so that you can have a more current view of the factory floor.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016/Author: Anthony Etzel/Number of views (3302)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Baan/LN Tip of the Week: ERP Setup - Pros & Cons

You may have started your setup of your ERP system one way, and have discovered over time that maybe it no longer fits how you need to do business. Here are some pros/cons to consider for a Single Finance / Multi-Logistic setup. 

 Pros
All accounting functions are centralized into one company.  One balance sheet is generated – even though multiple logistics sites are involved.  Income statements can be generated by logistic company via use of a Dimension to represent the logistic company.

Allows logistical functions to be decentralized within one legal entity – if this is what is desired.

Logistics data not visible across companies – pro if you do not want users to see other company’s data.

 

Cons

Tuesday, January 12, 2016/Author: Kathy Barthelt/Number of views (3403)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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BPCS/LX Tip of the Week: Getting the Most Out of the Shop Order Inquiry Program – Part 1

Understanding: How many hours remain in total and at each operation?

First let’s look at some key BPCS Master File data starting with the routing file.

How many routing steps (operations) are set up that reflect how the product is produced in the factory? If you take a short cut and set up only one operation for the entire process, then you will limit the information seen on the SO inquiry program. Set up the operation steps to reflect what you want to report back to from the factory floor.

Will each of the routing steps run in one work center, or in different work centers? To keep it simple you may want to set up work centers as departments. For example:

  • Assembly
  • Machine
  • Paint
  • Etc.

For each operation setup consider how you have set up the following:

  • Load Codes – for example a code 5 is used if reporting both setup time and run labor time. These codes are maintained in the work center file
  • Basis Code – typical codes are P for pieces per hour,  3 is used for hours per 1,000 pieces
  • Setup hours – if you set them up, you also want to report them
  • Run hours – Direct Labor
  • Machine hours

How you set up th

Wednesday, January 06, 2016/Author: Anthony Etzel/Number of views (3367)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Baan/LN Tip of the Week: ERP Setup - Pros & Cons

You may have started your setup of your ERP system one way, and have discovered over time that maybe it no longer fits how you need to do business. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be providing some pros/cons to consider for different company setups.

Pros/Cons of Single Finance / Single Logistic Company Set-Up

Pros
Easy to implement and to maintain.
No risk of processing data for another company.
Data not visible across companies – pro if you do not want users to see other company’s data.
Cost Prices can be different for the same item in the different logistics companies.
Easy to add or remove companies when companies are bought or sold.
Accounting functions are all separate by company. – Pro if each finance company is managed separately.
 

 

Cons
Decentralized operations – purchasing, sales, manufacturing, planning, warehousing, etc.
User must go in and out of companies if there is a need to view or create transactions in more than one company.
Wednesday, January 06, 2016/Author: Kathy Barthelt/Number of views (3229)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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