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How to Survive Your “Go-To” Guy Getting Hit By a Bus

Have you ever wondered what you would do if that guy you depend upon – your “go-to”, your right-arm is suddenly gone?

Let’s call your franchise player “Steve”. He’s your shipping/receiving supervisor, or your warehouse guy, or your top engineer, or (gulp) the guy who works in the office who has been with you for 35 years and just knows EVERYTHING about EVERYTHING.

What happens when Steve gets hit by a bus, or decides that warm sandy beaches are calling his name, and he just doesn’t want to work anymore?

Are you prepared for his departure? Is your business prepared? For many manufacturing companies, that answer would be “NO”.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014/Author: Kathy Barthelt/Number of views (10546)/Comments (2)/ Article rating: 5.0
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Baan/LN Tip of the Week: Aborted Finalization Run

When a finalization run is aborted and in the batches selected for this finalization run are transaction types having the update mode finalization, you must use the Restart Finalization Run session. This session can be found in the Transaction Processing menu of the General Ledger Module of the Finance Package.
Wednesday, September 24, 2014/Author: Kathy Barthelt/Number of views (4595)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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BPCS/LX Tip of the Week: SFC600

In addition to SFC650, this ERPLX program is also used to capture and post shop floor information.

The key difference between the two is that SFC600 only captures Labor (run time) reporting, machine time, downtime and indirect time.

If you use SFC600, then all shop order material receipts and issues would be captured using INV500.

Both Inventory and Shop Floor Transaction entry is keyboard dependent, unless you incorporate an automated method like an MES solution to capture the data.
Wednesday, September 24, 2014/Author: Anthony Etzel/Number of views (3673)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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BPCS/LX Tip of the Week: Downtime Reasons

Using SFC600 to enter downtime.

You are tracking downtime and using SFC600 to enter the downtime, but you don’t know where to go to setup downtime reasons. You can set up the downtime reason codes in the INV application by selecting the reason code maintenance program INV140D1.

Once you are in the reason code maintenance program, position to the transaction effect code “D”. Using the transaction effect code “D” you can now setup as many downtime reason codes as needed. The reason code field is alpha numeric, so be creative with your reason code assignments.

Thursday, September 18, 2014/Author: Anthony Etzel/Number of views (3586)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Baan/LN Tip of the Week: Restricted User Access

Administrators are able to restrict access in Baan in several ways – including Companies, Packages, Modules, Sessions, and Tables – using the Authorization capabilities of the system.

In Baan IV, access can be given or denied on a user by user basis.

In Baan V and LN, the Authorization Management System can provide or deny access based upon roles to which users are assigned.

Thursday, September 18, 2014/Author: Kathy Barthelt/Number of views (4335)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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BPCS/LX Tip of the Week: Work Center - Cells

The LMP module (Lean Manufacturing Process) uses work centers but refers to them as production cells.

A cell is one or more work centers that produces an end item. So when a company decides to adopt the lean manufacturing philosophy, the concept of work centers takes on a new meaning.

In lean terms, the work center, or group of work centers, becomes a production cell. In other words, a mini-factory producing end items with similar characteristics.
Monday, September 15, 2014/Author: Anthony Etzel/Number of views (3952)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Baan/LN Tip of the Week: Closed, Final Closed, Provisional Close – What’s The Difference?

Fiscal, Reporting and Tax Periods can have status Open, Closed or Final Closed. If a period is Closed or Final Closed, you cannot post entries to those periods. If a period is Closed, you can re-set it to Open and post entries. If a period is Final Closed, you cannot post and you cannot set it back to Closed or Open.

A Provisional Close is run at year-end to bring the balances forward for the new year without having to close the previous year. A Provisional Close can be run as many times as you like. After a Final Close, a Provisional Close cannot be run.

The Provisional Close allows you to continue into the new year with all financial reporting and not have to rush with the Final Close until all adjusting entries are made and any final signoffs have been completed.
Monday, September 15, 2014/Author: Kathy Barthelt/Number of views (5193)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Baan/LN Tip of the Week: Product Families

In Baan IVC, plan items on the lowest plan level were automatically actual items (not product families). All plan items on higher plan levels were product families.

The relationship between a product family and items on lower plan levels was defined in a planning bill of material.

In Infor LN, every family item must be defined in the Item Base Data module. A family item can exist on any plan level. The relationship between a family item and items on lower plan levels is defined in aggregation relationships.

Aggregation relationships in Infor LN are much more flexible than the planning bills of material in Baan IV. For example, users can define aggregation relationships between items on the same plan level.

Friday, September 05, 2014/Author: Kathy Barthelt/Number of views (4002)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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