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BPCS/LX Tip of the Week: What is the bubble number and how do I maintain it?

The bubble number is maintained at the component level for each component defined on the Bill of Material. It is an extra user-defined reference number that you can use to re-sequence the maintenance screen display or bills of material listings.

In Infor LX, the system displays the bubble number for the existing child items. Engineering drawings often use a bubble number at the component level on the drawing so that same bubble number can be used on the Bill of Material for a link of the component to the drawing. Alternatively, you may use it simply as a method to sequence the BOM.

Be careful of how you assign the number. It is a good idea to assign the number with a consecutive count by 10 leaving room to allow for component additions to the Bill of Material.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014/Author: Anthony Etzel/Number of views (12206)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating

Baan/LN Tip of the Week: Setting Up New Employees in LN

In LN, the People package is used to register the employee’s hours and expenses. To support the People package, the Employees - General (tccom0101m000) session only contains the general employee data.The title of the Employees - General (tccom0101m000) session was changed to Employees – General (tccom0101m000).

From the Employees - General (tccom0101m000) session, users can start the following sessions to define the more specific employee data:

  • Employees - People (bpmdm0101m000).
  • Employees - Project (tppdm8101m000).
  • Employees - Service (tsmdm1140m000).
  • Skills by Employee (tcppl0120m000).
  • Employees by Team (tcppl0150m000).
  • Roles by Employee (tcppl0170m000).

After users define the employees, users can also start the listed sessions from the Employees Dashboard (bpmdm0101m100) session in People.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014/Author: Kathy Barthelt/Number of views (14088)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating

Baan/LN Tip of the Week: Month End - Miscellaneous To-Do's

  • Print Sales Order History Information
    • all invoices processed through sales
  • Check Inventory Valuation
    • this should tie out to your inventory accounts
  • Print Integration Information
    • see all postings from WIP to finished goods
  • Print G/L Transaction Information
    • print specific transaction types for any GL account
  • Print Lot Control Information
    • will show where serial numbers were used
  • Thursday, July 24, 2014/Author: Kathy Barthelt/Number of views (13070)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating

    BPCS/LX Tip of the Week: Why Define Location Fields in the Work Center File

    If you setup the “From” and “To” Location fields in the Work Center file, this will determine the locations for material issue transactions and production reporting transactions.

    The reporting of the transactions happen through production reporting, JIT600, or using the Shop Floor labor posting, SFC600, or Shop Floor Posting from SFC650.

    Remember, any location used in the work center file must first be set up in the location master file. Using an MES solution by-passes the need to key any of the data to Infor LX.

    Thursday, July 24, 2014/Author: Anthony Etzel/Number of views (11031)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating

    If ERP is plumbing for the Enterprise; How do we unplug it and keep it from making a huge mess?

    I have been working with ERP in various roles for over 30 years, directly involved in over a hundred implementations, while my company has been involved with over 300 more. Of course, in many ways the systems we use today are completely different from what we used in the ‘80s – back then it was green screens, simple transaction entry forms, and cumbersome updates (at best) to link what one department did with all the other areas that needed access to that information. Then there were those planning programs that took all the information along with various parameters the users needed to set and told us what to do.

    The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same

    Thursday, July 17, 2014/Author: David Dickson/Number of views (17337)/Comments (5)/ Article rating: 5.0

    Baan/LN Tip of the Week: The Product Configurator

    What is it?
    The configurator consists of a set of features (questions). The options (answers) to these questions are used to generate the custom bill of material and routing. These questions may be answered at the time of order entry, prior to order entry (in a project or quote) or after order entry (in the project). The order of the questions do not need to have any relationship to the bill of materials. The configurator may also calculate the selling price, create a unique “smart” item number, custom description and text. Simple rules are used to interpret the answers.

    Who uses the configurator?
    Companies whose products have options. The configurator eliminates the need for part numbers for all combinations of options. The configurator ensures that the pricing and bills are correct. The configurator also keeps statistics on the frequency the options are selected.

    Wednesday, July 16, 2014/Author: Kathy Barthelt/Number of views (14859)/Comments (1)/ Article rating: No rating

    BPCS/LX Tip of the Week: Understanding What Goes On – Out on the Factory Floor

    Ok… so you want to know the status of a specific shop order that was released two days ago.

    What do you do?

    It’s a sure bet that you have a manager, supervisor, or planner who can walk the floor and find the order at whatever work center it happens to be at. He/she can then answer “what operations have been completed and how many were completed?” All this requires leg work, and of course, a fair amount of time.

    Now, if you have setup your BPCS master files properly, and you report transaction activity, you should be able to get those shop order statuses much faster using the SFC300 Shop Order Inquiry Screen.

    At your fingertips you can see:

    • Release date & due date
    • How many hours remain in total and at each operation
    • The quantity required, what was finished and the remaining quantity
    • What components (materials) have been issued

    Pretty basic information, right? Are you getting what you need to know? If not, then you may want to reexamine how your BPCS files are setup and what transactions along with their frequency are captured.

    Wednesday, July 16, 2014/Author: Anthony Etzel/Number of views (17376)/Comments (8)/ Article rating: No rating

    BPCS/LX Tip of the Week: Changing the Master Schedule

    You can change your master schedule by specifying the type of master schedule update to perform. You can run a Net Change or Regenerative Schedule.

    You also have the ability to clear the lower level requirements out of the Planned and Firm-Planned Order file.

    Wednesday, July 09, 2014/Author: Anthony Etzel/Number of views (15475)/Comments (2)/ Article rating: 4.0