E9: Cycle Count

Hello Len-
Please find my answers to your inquiries in the text below. Thanks.

--- In vantage@yahoogroups.com, "Len Hartka" <len.hartka@...> wrote:
>
> Good Day Mike:
>
> I do not have any experience with Cycle Counting, but we are going
> to it so I have been reading about it.
>
> How many parts do you have and how many can you count each day?
>
> 1. When you say "" specific codes counted on established dates."" do you mean ABC codes, or some product or engineering code? Your ABC codes can include a D,E,F, G, etc class; perhaps that would help if you only want to count somke once every 36 months, or Daily.

I do mean ABC codes counted on established dates that we set up. We do monthly because that's what we've always done and have the codes established such that one month we might count ABCD and the next ACEF. I don't want to get too carried away with the detail but you get the gist.
>
> 2. The ABC codes establishes how often each is to be counted ( every: 1, 3, 4,6, 12, 18 months). This determines how many you have to count each day in order to get through all of them on your set time line. I assume the system uses the "Last_Date_Counted" to skip over ones that do not need to be counted because they already have been this year.
I am not sure what the correct procedure is for new parts. My
guess is that they will come up as in normal rotation since their
Last_Count is TODAY. so the number to count each day will be increased
by how many part#'s you release per month.

We don't count daily but you are correct in your assessment. The ABC code maintenance includes a frequency in days to which you count. We set it up to count specified ABC codes on multiples of 28 days.
>
> 3. If you reset the date, and set all to be counted with frequency of 1 day, the system will want you to count ALL of them today.

Correct. That is what we do rather than a daily count. I know what you're thinking but the daily will have to wait for others in the company to get used to this idea first. Again we do not calculate ABC code schedules.
>
> 4. Actually I just realized that I do not know if a part# prints to be counted if its cycle time is up, but there are none in stock; that is, do 0 qty parts print, and if there are none counted is that considered a 'correct count".

Not sure about that.
>
> Overall, I am not sure what you are after- which goes back to
> your "Specific Codes" comment.
>
>
> len.hartka@...
> Leonard C. Hartka, IT Director\ERP Manager
> Sun Automation Group
> 66 Loveton Circle
> Sparks, Md. 21152
> 410-329-3560 ext. 120
> 410-329-3564 FAX
> 443-255-7192 Work Cell
> len.hartka@...
>
> www.Sunautomation.com
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> From: vantage@yahoogroups.com [mailto:vantage@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf
> Of doily2oo5
> Sent: Wednesday, April 28, 2010 4:56 PM
> To: vantage@yahoogroups.com
> Subject: [Vantage] E9: Cycle Count
>
>
>
>
> We're new to the Epicor cycle count function having done this by
> spreadsheet previously. The last time we did the Epicor cycle count We
> observed from that any new parts created between cycles were eliminated
> from the count due to Part Maint last cycle count date = to date
> created. My understanding is that a frequency is established from the
> last count date so that any new parts are now under that established
> frequency from the date created. What we would like to do is simply
> establish an ABC code and have specific codes counted on established
> dates. It appears as though Epicor is unable to do that. We have a
> manual ABC code setup instead of a calculated ABC. Few questions:
>
> 1) Am I completely off my rocker and there is a method to do as I
> desire?
>
> 2) If not 1) then is this a candidate for a BPM wherein the parts that
> will be counted is simply a matter of ABC and not based upon a date?
>
> 3) As a workaround (we have our next count in a week) can I initialize
> the the last count date even though the literature says "DO THIS ONLY
> ONE TIME!!!!!" This would init all parts to that date (likely the day
> before) and we could adjust the frequency for 1 day.
>
> Thanks in advance.
>
> Mike Doyle
> Lattice Materials LLC
> 406-556-5759
>
>
>
>
>
>
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We're new to the Epicor cycle count function having done this by spreadsheet previously. The last time we did the Epicor cycle count We observed from that any new parts created between cycles were eliminated from the count due to Part Maint last cycle count date = to date created. My understanding is that a frequency is established from the last count date so that any new parts are now under that established frequency from the date created. What we would like to do is simply establish an ABC code and have specific codes counted on established dates. It appears as though Epicor is unable to do that. We have a manual ABC code setup instead of a calculated ABC. Few questions:

1) Am I completely off my rocker and there is a method to do as I desire?

2) If not 1) then is this a candidate for a BPM wherein the parts that will be counted is simply a matter of ABC and not based upon a date?

3) As a workaround (we have our next count in a week) can I initialize the the last count date even though the literature says "DO THIS ONLY ONE TIME!!!!!" This would init all parts to that date (likely the day before) and we could adjust the frequency for 1 day.

Thanks in advance.

Mike Doyle
Lattice Materials LLC
406-556-5759
Good Day Mike:

I do not have any experience with Cycle Counting, but we are going
to it so I have been reading about it.

How many parts do you have and how many can you count each day?

1. When you say "" specific codes counted on established dates."" do you
mean ABC codes, or some product or engineering code? Your ABC codes can
include a D,E,F, G, etc class; perhaps that would help if you only want
to count somke once every 36 months, or Daily.

2. The ABC codes establishes how often each is to be counted ( every: 1,
3, 4,6, 12, 18 months). This determines how many you have to count each
day in order to get through all of them on your set time line.
I assume the system uses the "Last_Date_Counted" to skip over
ones that do not need to be counted because they already have been this
year.
I am not sure what the correct procedure is for new parts. My
guess is that they will come up as in normal rotation since their
Last_Count is TODAY. so the number to count each day will be increased
by how many part#'s you release per month.

3. If you reset the date, and set all to be counted with frequency of 1
day, the system will want you to count ALL of them today.

4. Actually I just realized that I do not know if a part# prints to be
counted if its cycle time is up, but there are none in stock; that is,
do 0 qty parts print, and if there are none counted is that considered a
'correct count".

Overall, I am not sure what you are after- which goes back to
your "Specific Codes" comment.


len.hartka@...
Leonard C. Hartka, IT Director\ERP Manager
Sun Automation Group
66 Loveton Circle
Sparks, Md. 21152
410-329-3560 ext. 120
410-329-3564 FAX
443-255-7192 Work Cell
len.hartka@...

www.Sunautomation.com




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From: vantage@yahoogroups.com [mailto:vantage@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf
Of doily2oo5
Sent: Wednesday, April 28, 2010 4:56 PM
To: vantage@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [Vantage] E9: Cycle Count




We're new to the Epicor cycle count function having done this by
spreadsheet previously. The last time we did the Epicor cycle count We
observed from that any new parts created between cycles were eliminated
from the count due to Part Maint last cycle count date = to date
created. My understanding is that a frequency is established from the
last count date so that any new parts are now under that established
frequency from the date created. What we would like to do is simply
establish an ABC code and have specific codes counted on established
dates. It appears as though Epicor is unable to do that. We have a
manual ABC code setup instead of a calculated ABC. Few questions:

1) Am I completely off my rocker and there is a method to do as I
desire?

2) If not 1) then is this a candidate for a BPM wherein the parts that
will be counted is simply a matter of ABC and not based upon a date?

3) As a workaround (we have our next count in a week) can I initialize
the the last count date even though the literature says "DO THIS ONLY
ONE TIME!!!!!" This would init all parts to that date (likely the day
before) and we could adjust the frequency for 1 day.

Thanks in advance.

Mike Doyle
Lattice Materials LLC
406-556-5759






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