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Infor LX & BPCS Tip of the Week: 6 Powerful Steps to Win with Automation

George Moroses 0 12870 Article rating: 5.0
  1. Eliminate paper shop packet and distribution of the paperwork to the shop floor.     
  2. Eliminate manual (paper-based) recording activities and the need to key in the transactions.
  3. Easy electronic scheduling by sequence and changing job priorities.
  4. Evaluate differences using actual times compared to standards.
  5. Improve data accuracy and eliminate the need to chase and fix errors.
  6. Practice Real-Time data reporting to monitor efficiencies and identify problems as they occur.

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Infor LX / BPCS Tip of the Week: Pre-assigned lot numbers for multi-level SO release

Anthony Etzel 0 12840 Article rating: 5.0

In addition to assigning lot numbers in Shop Order Entry/Maintenance (SFC500) after the shop orders have been released, users can now pre-assign lot numbers during the Multi-level Shop Order Release process (SFC530) and the Multi-Level Back-flush process (LMP600) for sub-assemblies that are lot controlled items. The user has the choice of using the parent lot ID, using the next sequential generated lot ID, or not pre-assigning lot IDs. Multiple items per lot must be installed to use the parent lot number option.

Infor LX & BPCS Tip of the Week: ION Tip – Pausing Receiving and Sending of Messages

Anthony Etzel 0 18446 Article rating: 5.0

If it is necessary to pause sending and receiving of BOD messages on your IBM i during your month end process, it is best practice for the document flows that point to the IBM i to guarantee delivery of BOD messages. Once the month end process has been completed, you will need to Resume the ‘Receiving’ and ‘Sending’ Active Connection Points so your documents will continue to process.

Pausing Sending messages

To pause sending messages to ION:

  1. Select Connect > Active Connection Points.
  2. Select the connection point that must be paused for sending messages.
  3. In the Sending Paused column, click Pause. The page is automatically refreshed and the Sending Paused checkbox is selected. A Resume button becomes available. 

Sending of messages by this connection point is stopped....

Infor LX & BPCS Tip of the Week: LX 8.4 Database

Anthony Etzel 0 12875 Article rating: 5.0

The database in LX 8.4 has undergone a significant change from previous versions. The database has been created using SQL DDL language instead of the old DDS language. The newer format allows for LX to take better advantage of advances in IBM database technologies as they move forward. Additionally, LX will be better able to make changes to tables (aka files) in the future without causing very large MR explosions to replace all programs that use a specific table. To ease the impact of this significant change, the LX tables (aka physical files) have new names that are the same as the previous version file names but with a “P” at the end, for example IIM is now IIMP. The old file names now belong to SQL views that looks just like the tables. This change made it easier to upgrade all the LX programs without changing every reference to every file. Many of the logical files remain although some have been replaced by SQL indexes to improve performance.

Infor LX & BPCS Tip of the Week: Partial Search in Item Description List

Anthony Etzel 0 12364 Article rating: 5.0

Previously, if a user performed a partial search for an item by using a double byte language, no matches were found. Regardless of whether the MLS module is used, this enhancement allows a user to use a double byte language to perform partial or full item description searches. This enhancement resolves an issue with partial searches on screens where the Item Master Lookup (WINIIM) screen is used, such as Material Status Inquiry, INV300D-01, Item Master Selection INV100D1-01, Facility Planning Selection, MRP140D1-01, and Purchasing Inquiry, PUR300D1).

The user selects the F4 prompt from these screens to open the Item Description List. In the prompt window, the user specifies option 10 to perform a partial or full search on an item description.

Infor LX & BPCS Tip of the Week: Inventory Transfers for Outside Operations

Anthony Etzel 0 12565 Article rating: 5.0

This enhancement allows users who currently perform outside operation processing in shop floor programs to manage the transfer of components used in the outside operations to the vendor’s designated warehouse.

This enhancement provides modified and new INV511D screens and adds new logic to allow the user to identify all shop orders that have components linked to outside operations or to identify all the components linked to an outside operation on a shop order. The shop orders can be filtered by either a date range or by a specific vendor.

Inventory Transfers for Outside Operations enhances the management of external operations by providing screens that simplify the selection of the shop orders or items to transfer to a vendor.

Transfers to the vendor warehouse are performed in the Inventory Transfers, INV511D, screens.

Infor LX / BPCS Tip of the Week: Optional Authority to Maintain Reason Codes

Anthony Etzel 0 12686 Article rating: 5.0

This enhancement allows users to update Reason Code Maintenance, INV140D1, for Transaction Effects that they are not authorized to in any other programs. A new system parameter was added to Inventory Parameters, INV820D. The enhancement allows users who do not actually perform transactions in Infor LX to maintain the reason codes for the transactions.

BPCS / LX Tip of the Week: Inventory Period Balance Freeze

Anthony Etzel 0 13255 Article rating: 5.0

This enhancement provides clients the ability to store the opening/ending on hand balance for each Inventory period at the Item (IIM), Warehouse/Item (IWI) and Lot/Location (ILI) levels. Infor LX clients can back date inventory transactions into the immediate previously closed period, and thus update what was saved as the opening/ending balance throughout the current open period. 

Tracking the opening/ending/period balance for each inventory period can give users insights into the levels of inventory for each item, item/warehouse and item/warehouse/lot/location combination.


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Tips:  LX | BPCS | M3

The Infor Development Framework (IDF) re-architects the way a user interacts with the application, providing an efficient, task-oriented process to view application information that is contained within Infor LX. IDF enables users to configure their view of the application data without modifying the core application and its supportability.

The examples below describe how users can configure their display of data and maximize overall productivity:

  • Arrange application information into multiple groupings and sequences that make sense for the job.
  • Filter or hide records to show only the information that applies to the job or task that the user is performing.
  • Customize the information for an individual user, a group of users, or all users.

Infor’s Intelligent Open Network (ION) technology easily integrates Infor ERPs and third-party enterprise systems. ION is an advanced middleware cloud platform that provides the flexibility you need to make the most complex web of enterprise systems work together on-premise, in the cloud, or both. ION’s long-term sustainability will optimize your ROI, and with ION, one application can be upgraded, replaced, or even fail without taking the entire network down.


  • Faster integration and upgrade times
  • Access to real-time information
  • Reduced burden on IT
  • Immediate access to business services like reporting and mobility

For older BPCS installations that don’t use ION, Crossroads RMC has the expertise to build powerful adapters to allow your specific BPCS version to communicate and exchange information with virtually any sub-system that can import/export data.

Infor ION Intro Video (2:11)


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Tips: LN | Baan

Transactions to be mapped - In the mapping scheme, you must define the ledger mapping and the dimension mapping for these types of transactions:

  1. Financial integration transactions resulting from logistic events in Operations Management.
  2. General Ledger transactions.
  3. Procurement card transactions in Accounts Payable.

In addition, to support dimension accounting...

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