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Baan/LN Tip of the Week: Warehouse Material Movement / Problems With the Inventory Structure Table (whinr150)

This has come up as an issue during various stages of warehouse material movements – transfers, outbounds, shipments. We have seen it right up to 10.4. The inventory structure table (whinr150) becomes a problem. The error points to that table, but users are lost as to how to fix it.

In the session Units by Unit Set many companies let the field Storage default to Yes. If the UOM is not intended to be used in inventory then that setting should be No. 

If an item is purchased in UOM different from the inventory unit and the setting is Yes then LN adds a record in that UOM to the inventory structure table. It is that record that causes problem later.

The session has an option to change the value of the storage field. Specific > Convert Use for Storage. This option works both ways and will correct all inventory in the UOM range. 

Should a user receive an error that references inventory structure table then the solution is to check that session to see if an odd UOM exists in it. If so use the Convert Use for Storage to correct the problem.

Monday, February 04, 2019/Author: Kathy Barthelt/Number of views (87)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Baan/LN Tip: Disabling Unused Functionality in LN

If functionality such as Commissions, Rebates, or Contracts are enabled in the parameters, LN checks this functionality during transactions, even if you did not specify anything for these concepts. Therefore, if you do not use certain functionality within LN, to improve performance, disable the corresponding parameter.

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Wednesday, January 23, 2019/Author: Kathy Barthelt/Number of views (114)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Tip of the Week: 3 Essential Tactics to Increase Efficiency on the Manufacturing Floor

From John O'Kelly's article on Manufacturing.net:

"Regardless of industry, efficiency gains and increased speed provide a competitive edge. The ever-increasing competition in the manufacturing world makes it necessary to find new, efficient ways to speed up the process while remaining accurate and productive. While flying robots and miracle technologies may promise to reshape the industry, we still have a way to go until full automation, and thus the most important asset on the manufacturing floor in 2019 will remain its people.

In 2019, the focus will undoubtably be increasing efficiencies, and this can be achieved through investing in employees, equipping them with the proper techniques and tools. An invested labor force will limit mistakes on the manufacturing floor and improve throughput at every level of the process."

Here are a few best practices to increase efficiency on the manufacturing floor in 2019:

  1. Invest in your labor force
  2. Prioritize quality assurance
  3. Improve labeling errors

You can read the full article with detailed descriptions at: https://blog.safe.com/

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Wednesday, January 09, 2019/Author: Crossroads RMC/Number of views (116)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Baan & LN Tip of the Week: Get Real!

You’ve got an ERP system, so everything should be real-time and everyone should have access to information in real-time, right? RIGHT?!

Why not? Why are there spreadsheets, and separate Access databases off to the side?

Data loses value over time, so why not give everyone up to date, accurate information all the time? Take a look at those silos of information and see how you can eliminate them. Your business will benefit greatly as a result.

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Thursday, October 11, 2018/Author: Kathy Barthelt/Number of views (514)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Baan & LN Tip of the Week: Simplify & Save Money – Evaluate Your Production Lines

When is the last time you took a hard look at your production lines?

  • How are you moving product through the facility?
  • Do you have work instructions / drawings available where needed?
  • Do you have frequently used inventory available at the line?
  • Where are the bottlenecks?
  • Are your processes simplified?

Taking a hard look at your processes and procedures may reveal some interesting results. Don’t assume that everyone is doing things the same way. Some may be superstars, and others may need some mentoring. Some processes may be outdated and costing you time and money, while others are extremely efficient. One area of the business may benefit from how others operate. Take the time to review and analyze your findings. Your company may benefit greatly as a result.

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Wednesday, September 26, 2018/Author: Kathy Barthelt/Number of views (1473)/Comments (1)/ Article rating: No rating
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Baan/LN Tip of the Week: Make Your ERP Work FOR You - Streamline Your Processes

Such lofty goals you had when you implemented your ERP system. It was going to be like pressing the “Easy Button”…  then it wasn’t.

What happened? In some cases, decisions were made to implement the system “just like we used to run our old system”. Great idea? Not so much. Your business changes, and your business software needs to change as well.

Are you using the ERP system, but everything seems cumbersome and takes more time than its worth? 

Ask yourself these questions:

  • Have you looked at streamlining your processes?
  • Can you automate a step or two and eliminate some manual keying?
  • Can you add barcoding to avoid keying in some information altogether?
  • How about automating the printing of some reports?

Now is the time to sit down and really review the steps required to complete the task and think out of the box a bit. Soon you can develop your own streamlined process to get the job done quickly and efficiently.

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Thursday, August 16, 2018/Author: Kathy Barthelt/Number of views (794)/Comments (1)/ Article rating: No rating
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Baan/LN Tip of the Week: LN Financials

Did you know that you can use user-definable dimensions to view financial information in detail from different angles?

With the parent-child structures, you can obtain financial information in the proper structure, regardless of the country or the financial system.

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Wednesday, August 01, 2018/Author: Kathy Barthelt/Number of views (1082)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Tip of the Week: What is Sales Tax Nexus?

Sales tax nexus is the connection between a seller and a state that requires the seller to collect and remit tax on sales made in that state. If you have nexus in California and Texas, for example, you must collect and remit sales tax in California and Texas.

Many states are expanding their nexus rules. Business activities like trade show attendance, drop shipping, employing remote workers, advertising, and housing inventory in other states can establish nexus. The rules vary by state and it can be challenging to keep up with all the places your business needs to register, collect, and remit sales tax.

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018/Author: Kathy Barthelt/Number of views (1058)/Comments (1)/ Article rating: No rating
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