Inventory, Inventory, Inventory, Inv

We are a job shop with a mix of repeat and one time orders. We
receive raw materials to inventory and issue the to jobs. We buy some
material to straight to the job but most goes to inventory.
In many cases we issue a large block to a job and then salvage the
unused portion back to inventory. We do not backflush although there
are a couple of processes that it would work with.
We use a paper system for raw material req's. This info is then keyed
in by a clerk. The problems we have are related to incorrect or
nonexistant paper work. At this point the ROI of fork truck mounted
laptops does not justify the switch over.
RRD

> Our company has been working on implementing inventory in vantage for
> what seems like FOREVER. I know that the process is slow but others
> don't. Regardless of that we're pretty far down the road. We purchase
> and receive to inventory, we transfer materials from bin to bin, bin
> to assm, etc., using forklift mounted laptops with barcode scanners
> attached. We backflush materials to the jobs. We receive finished
> goods to inventory, then warehouse and do fulfullment. We even use
> the QA module to inspect purchased parts, and process customer
> returns.
>
> However, we are a custom manufacturing company, a job shop, all jobs
> are different, some customers re-order but for the most part it's all
> custom. Some jobs are over in a few weeks, other run for a year. Our
> major problem is getting the proper costs to the job. It seems to be
> a combination of not transferring, incorrect bom's, other various and
> sundry problems.
>
> So after continually banging our heads against the wall, they wanted
> me to ask if other job shop companies are using inventory in vantage,
> is it sucsessful, or is inventory being done some other way. Is it to
> complex for what we're doing, is it just procedures.
>
> We're looking for help, advice, guidance; any comments would be
> greatly appreciated.
>
> Thanks,
>
> Helen Barna
> IT Manager
> Niven Marketing
>
>
>

Russ Dover
IS Manager
Weaver Industries, Inc.
717 336 7507 phone
717 336 4182 fax
rdover@...
www.weaverind.com
Our company has been working on implementing inventory in vantage for
what seems like FOREVER. I know that the process is slow but others
don't. Regardless of that we're pretty far down the road. We purchase
and receive to inventory, we transfer materials from bin to bin, bin
to assm, etc., using forklift mounted laptops with barcode scanners
attached. We backflush materials to the jobs. We receive finished
goods to inventory, then warehouse and do fulfullment. We even use
the QA module to inspect purchased parts, and process customer
returns.

However, we are a custom manufacturing company, a job shop, all jobs
are different, some customers re-order but for the most part it's all
custom. Some jobs are over in a few weeks, other run for a year. Our
major problem is getting the proper costs to the job. It seems to be
a combination of not transferring, incorrect bom's, other various and
sundry problems.

So after continually banging our heads against the wall, they wanted
me to ask if other job shop companies are using inventory in vantage,
is it sucsessful, or is inventory being done some other way. Is it to
complex for what we're doing, is it just procedures.

We're looking for help, advice, guidance; any comments would be
greatly appreciated.

Thanks,

Helen Barna
IT Manager
Niven Marketing
Inventory Control is really not that tough. It sounds like you have
major procedural and documentation (BOM) problems. We had some similar
issues with parts getting to jobs and the transactions not being tracked
until I put on my iron boot and made Material Control responsible for
all tranx. I also recommend that you look into the Advanced Material
Management module as they have some feature you might want to look at.

Dan Tisone
Operations / IT Consultant
dan.tisone@...
(949) 440-3685 x148
Cel (714) 227-4173





-----Original Message-----
From: hebarna [mailto:hbarna@...]
Sent: Thursday, July 17, 2003 9:58 AM
To: vantage@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [Vantage] Inventory, Inventory, Inventory, Inv...


Our company has been working on implementing inventory in vantage for
what seems like FOREVER. I know that the process is slow but others
don't. Regardless of that we're pretty far down the road. We purchase
and receive to inventory, we transfer materials from bin to bin, bin
to assm, etc., using forklift mounted laptops with barcode scanners
attached. We backflush materials to the jobs. We receive finished
goods to inventory, then warehouse and do fulfullment. We even use
the QA module to inspect purchased parts, and process customer
returns.

However, we are a custom manufacturing company, a job shop, all jobs
are different, some customers re-order but for the most part it's all
custom. Some jobs are over in a few weeks, other run for a year. Our
major problem is getting the proper costs to the job. It seems to be
a combination of not transferring, incorrect bom's, other various and
sundry problems.

So after continually banging our heads against the wall, they wanted
me to ask if other job shop companies are using inventory in vantage,
is it sucsessful, or is inventory being done some other way. Is it to
complex for what we're doing, is it just procedures.

We're looking for help, advice, guidance; any comments would be
greatly appreciated.

Thanks,

Helen Barna
IT Manager
Niven Marketing




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We are a job shop, sounds similar to you... We make molds which are usually
custom. We might get a repeat here or there, but not too often. We buy
almost everything direct to the job... The only things we don't buy direct
to the job are inexpensive hardware items (like screws) which we expense at
time of purchase...



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We have a mixture of job shop and manufacturing. Most of the manufacturing
is repetitive and we also refurbish old equipment. We use BOM for the
manufacturing items. For the refurbished equipment, we open a job and enter
material requirements to the job for all parts, as needed. Inventory is a
MUST for us, couldn't do without it.

Randall Lunsford
Excel Machinery, Ltd.
e-mail: rlunsf@...
Phone: (806) 335-4565 ext. 531
Fax: (806) 335-9017

-----Original Message-----
From: hebarna [mailto:hbarna@...]
Sent: Thursday, July 17, 2003 11:58 AM
To: vantage@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [Vantage] Inventory, Inventory, Inventory, Inv...

Our company has been working on implementing inventory in vantage for
what seems like FOREVER. I know that the process is slow but others
don't. Regardless of that we're pretty far down the road. We purchase
and receive to inventory, we transfer materials from bin to bin, bin
to assm, etc., using forklift mounted laptops with barcode scanners
attached. We backflush materials to the jobs. We receive finished
goods to inventory, then warehouse and do fulfullment. We even use
the QA module to inspect purchased parts, and process customer
returns.

However, we are a custom manufacturing company, a job shop, all jobs
are different, some customers re-order but for the most part it's all
custom. Some jobs are over in a few weeks, other run for a year. Our
major problem is getting the proper costs to the job. It seems to be
a combination of not transferring, incorrect bom's, other various and
sundry problems.

So after continually banging our heads against the wall, they wanted
me to ask if other job shop companies are using inventory in vantage,
is it sucsessful, or is inventory being done some other way. Is it to
complex for what we're doing, is it just procedures.

We're looking for help, advice, guidance; any comments would be
greatly appreciated.

Thanks,

Helen Barna
IT Manager
Niven Marketing




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Any one of our jobs can have 50-100 different parts that will only be
used for that job. We receive these parts as close to just in time
that we can, but they still sit on the racks, possibly being moved
from bin to bin before we need them for assembly. Then when it comes
time for assembly we need to know where they are to set up the line.
When we started on this path we were receiving everything to the job,
but then we would literally spend hours trying to find everything.

So, how are you physically tracking the parts that you order for your
jobs.



--- In vantage@yahoogroups.com, sarah.vareschi@n... wrote:
> We are a job shop, sounds similar to you... We make molds which are
usually
> custom. We might get a repeat here or there, but not too often.
We buy
> almost everything direct to the job... The only things we don't buy
direct
> to the job are inexpensive hardware items (like screws) which we
expense at
> time of purchase...
>
>
>
> [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
We set up a bin for each job. When parts are received they are placed in
the bin for that job.



[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
We use a staging area, then parts are purchased to a job, once they are
inspected, they go to the staging area and are matched up with the traveler
as it awaits "real work." Course, our parts are small, if you make big
stuff, staging could be difficult. Once a part is pulled for a job, it
can't go anyplace except with the traveler unless it goes back to inventory
first.


Lydia

IS Administrator
Canyon Engineering Products
661-294-0084 x115



-----Original Message-----
From: hebarna [mailto:hbarna@...]
Sent: Thursday, July 17, 2003 1:53 PM
To: vantage@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [Vantage] Re: Inventory, Inventory, Inventory, Inv...


Any one of our jobs can have 50-100 different parts that will only be
used for that job. We receive these parts as close to just in time
that we can, but they still sit on the racks, possibly being moved
from bin to bin before we need them for assembly. Then when it comes
time for assembly we need to know where they are to set up the line.
When we started on this path we were receiving everything to the job,
but then we would literally spend hours trying to find everything.

So, how are you physically tracking the parts that you order for your
jobs.



--- In vantage@yahoogroups.com, sarah.vareschi@n... wrote:
> We are a job shop, sounds similar to you... We make molds which are
usually
> custom. We might get a repeat here or there, but not too often.
We buy
> almost everything direct to the job... The only things we don't buy
direct
> to the job are inexpensive hardware items (like screws) which we
expense at
> time of purchase...
>
>
>
> [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]



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We stage our parts in kit boxes that are defined by each bill of material or
a group of small BOM's. These are accumulated in the stockroom from a
combination of items pulled from inventory and items purchased or
manufactured directly to that kit. The items pulled from inventory are
generally over-runs or over-buys from previous jobs and account for a very
small percentage of the total job items. Once complete, the kit is audited
and issued to assembly for construction. We do large parts, small parts and
everything in between with some machines having several thousand individual
parts. This part count does not include fasteners, connectors, fittings and
such. We build custom machines to order using this system as well as small
production runs of standard items that we manufacture to stock. The
production jobs can yield a single component or a machine made from several
hundred items. As with Lydia, we route items back through inventory if they
are not consumed by the job they were pulled for. We created a custom
version of the receipt label to aid in tracking the item to the correct kit
and we use travelers on the front of each kit box to log in the items. We
have another custom report that assists us during the kit audit process.
Works well for us with only one stockroom clerk. We typically have several
of the large systems and a few dozen production jobs in wip at any one time
to give perspective to the number of parts handled.

Ford Garratt
Director of Operations
Kinematic Automation, Inc.

-----Original Message-----
From: Lydia Coffman [mailto:lcoffman@...]
Sent: Thursday, July 17, 2003 4:10 PM
To: vantage@yahoogroups.com
Subject: RE: [Vantage] Re: Inventory, Inventory, Inventory, Inv...


We use a staging area, then parts are purchased to a job, once they are
inspected, they go to the staging area and are matched up with the traveler
as it awaits "real work." Course, our parts are small, if you make big
stuff, staging could be difficult. Once a part is pulled for a job, it
can't go anyplace except with the traveler unless it goes back to inventory
first.


Lydia

IS Administrator
Canyon Engineering Products
661-294-0084 x115



-----Original Message-----
From: hebarna [mailto:hbarna@...]
Sent: Thursday, July 17, 2003 1:53 PM
To: vantage@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [Vantage] Re: Inventory, Inventory, Inventory, Inv...


Any one of our jobs can have 50-100 different parts that will only be
used for that job. We receive these parts as close to just in time
that we can, but they still sit on the racks, possibly being moved
from bin to bin before we need them for assembly. Then when it comes
time for assembly we need to know where they are to set up the line.
When we started on this path we were receiving everything to the job,
but then we would literally spend hours trying to find everything.

So, how are you physically tracking the parts that you order for your
jobs.



--- In vantage@yahoogroups.com, sarah.vareschi@n... wrote:
> We are a job shop, sounds similar to you... We make molds which are
usually
> custom. We might get a repeat here or there, but not too often.
We buy
> almost everything direct to the job... The only things we don't buy
direct
> to the job are inexpensive hardware items (like screws) which we
expense at
> time of purchase...
>
>
>
> [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]



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