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Infor LX and Crossroads MES Selected by Blonder Tongue

Blonder Tongue, a global communication equipment supplier for TV broadcasters, cable system operator, lodging video, Internet system and institutional systems, has selected Crossroads RMC to assist them with a BPCS 6.0.04 upgrade to Infor LX. Crossroads RMC will be providing all application and technical consulting for this project. Also included as part of the project will be the implementation of the Crossroads MES solution. Go live for both solutions is expected in January of 2018.
Tuesday, May 30, 2017/Author: Frank L. Petrasio/Number of views (482)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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BPCS/LX Tip of the Week: LX 8.3.5 Facility Period Close

The Facility Period Close process was introduced in Infor LX 8.3.4 and has been enhanced in 8.3.5. This feature allows continuous or 24-hour worldwide operations in multiple facilities to submit Period End Close jobs for each facility as daily operations cease, or shifts end. 

This enhancement provides a batch mode for the Facility Period Close (INV930) process and allows the Update IIM Inventory from IWI (INV931) process to be submitted from the INV930B program. The enhancement also provides a batch mode for the INV931 process.   

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017/Author: Anthony Etzel/Number of views (409)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Baan/LN Tip of the Week: Order Series Full – Switching to a Different Series

In general, you can enter a different series in the order field if you have an available series.

To add a new series, find the appropriate group in the First Free Number session, and add a new series and first free number (usually 1).

In Baan IV, go to the Maintain First Free Numbers Session (under Common, Tables, Maintain Logistics Tables, Maintenance 1).
Groups are easily identified (e.g., Purchase Order, Sales Order, etc.).

In Baan V
, go to the First Free Number Session (under Common Data, Tables, Logistics). There are number groups (e.g., 570 may be for Purchase Orders, 650 may be for Sales Orders, etc.).

In LN
, go to the First Free Number Session (tcmcs0150m000 – it is in different places in the menu under different Feature Packs). There are number groups (e.g., 210 may be for Purchase Orders, 310 may be for Sales Orders, etc.).
Tuesday, May 23, 2017/Author: Kathy Barthelt/Number of views (5472)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0
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BPCS/LX Tip of the Week: Revisit The Last Brilliant Idea

Sometimes the best ideas have to be tabled due to competing priorities. That doesn’t mean that the idea was bad. Revisit previously suggested cost savings ideas, or ideas to make a manual process more efficient. Now could be the right time to do something great!

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017/Author: Anthony Etzel/Number of views (391)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Baan/LN Tip of the Week: Difference Between a Serialized Item and Unit Effective Item

A serialized item is not the same as a unit effective item. A serialized item has a serial number that is used to identify and track individual items, whereas a unit effectivity item has an effectivity unit that provides some information about the item's configuration. However, an item can be both serialized and unit effective.

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017/Author: Kathy Barthelt/Number of views (368)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Baan/LN Tip of the Week: Alternative Materials in BOMs:

Often, multiple items are interchangeable even when these are purchased from various vendors. You can use any of these items as material in a bill of material (BOM). If a shortage of a standard material is expected to delay a production order, LN can automatically select one of the alternative materials. You can define up to nine alternative materials for any material in a BOM.

The use of alternative materials has the following advantages:

  • LN can handle material shortages for some items without user intervention.
  • The use of alternative items can reduce the average inventory level.
Wednesday, May 10, 2017/Author: Kathy Barthelt/Number of views (404)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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BPCS/LX Tip of the Week: Purchase Order “In Use” Reset Feature 8.3.5

 

This new feature provides the ability to resolve or reset a purchase order or requisition that is no longer being processed, but the system still indicates it is ‘in use’. We all remember those situations where we could never figure out how the order got hung up.

What we previously had to do was run a behind the scenes script to reset the flag so the order was again accessible. This enhancement provides the ability to resolve the issue and resume processes quickly.

This option is now on the PUR menu, and the user can select the Purchase Order/Requisition in Use Maintenance, PUR940D. The user then enters an order or requisition to remove the “In Use” status.

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Wednesday, May 03, 2017/Author: Anthony Etzel/Number of views (1012)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Baan/LN Tip of the Week: Advantages / Disadvantages of Virtualization

I know a lot of our customers are considering virtualization projects. I came across this, and thought it might be useful:

The advantages of virtualization include the following:

• You get more out of your existing resources. Pool common infrastructure resources and break the legacy “one application to one server” model with server consolidation.

• You can reduce datacenter costs by reducing your physical infrastructure and improving your server to admin ratio. Fewer servers and related IT hardware means reduced real estate and reduced power and cooling requirements. With better management tools, you can improve your server to admin ratio so personnel requirements are reduced.

• You can increase the availability of hardware and applications for improved business continuity.

• Securely back up and migrate entire virtual environments with no service interruptions. Eliminate planned downtime and recover immediately from unplanned issues.

• Gain operational flexibility. Respond to market changes with dynamic resource management, faster server provisioning, and improved application deployment.

The disadvantages of virtualization include the following:

• Virtualization adds overhead to the CPU, memory, IO, and network.

• Virtualization adds an additional layer to the hardware and software stack. Therefore, additional complexity is introduced in the following circumstances:

  • When sizing the physical server.
  • When planning VM capacity.
  • When planning multiple VMs on the same physical server.
  • When investigating performance issues.

 

Wednesday, May 03, 2017/Author: Kathy Barthelt/Number of views (570)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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