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Part control subsystem

Your product's Data and Dictionary

Manufacturing's fundamental vocabulary to identify, describe, locate, and handle parts.
The Part Control subsystem is the heart of the whole MFG system. It supplies every other subsystem with current, accurate part information by tracking all purchased and manufactured parts. It lets you define parts as you wish, and easily alter your requirements for a part whenever your needs change. It maintains parts ordering and issuing policies. And it provides full reporting and inquiry facilities to enable your planners to track part requirements from initial plans to final delivery.

Part Control serves as the foundation for your entire manufacturing system.

MFG is clearly implementation oriented: its interrelated subsystems make it easy to schedule and control an installation. Part Control is the staring point of implementation. Part numbers serve as an important means of communication between departments. Each department involved in the planning and scheduling of orders must have access to up-to-date information.

The Part Control subsystem provides access to current part information and the flexibility to change the requirements for a part as your needs change. Through timely reporting and inquiry capabilities, this subsystem allows you to effectively track and maintain part requirements from initial planning to final delivery.

The Part Control subsystem serves as the foundation for your manufacturing system. Using the separate Part Control subsystem as a base, a company is free to implement modules of total manufacturing system when and as they are needed.

Descriptive part identification.
In the Part Control subsystem, the term "part" can be used to designate any level item, whether it is

  • An end item
  • Subassembly
  • Purchased part
  • Fabricated part, or
  • Raw material.

You decide whether an item should be designated as a distinct part by determining if the manufactured item can be used in more than one higher level item or handled by more than one department. Once you have identified your parts, the Part Control subsystem allows you to add optional descriptive information to further define the part.

Some of the optional descriptive information the Part Control subsystem allows you to maintain includes:

  • Part origin
  • Part unit-of-measure
  • Part type
  • Part status, and
  • Part description

Planning information.
Using the Part Control subsystem, the part control administrator can easily gather the initial estimates important to material planning such as lead time, order policy, and lot size for each part. The various operating groups in charge of part planning may then use the manufacturing system to redefine these values on a continuing basis.

Although control of MRP parameters belongs to Production Control and Purchasing, the Part Control subsystem allows you to maintain planning information for each part to help facilitate the planning process. This planning information allows you to determine order policy and lot size to optimize the balance between fixed order cost, along with the ability to plan an order by:

  • Choosing a planning method
  • Controlling how parts are issued
  • Compensating for anticipated shrinkage
  • Maintaining a safety stock for certain parts, and
  • Calculating the time in shop days.

Flexible reporting and query capability.
The Part Control subsystem allows you to create reports to meet your needs. For example, your planning department can obtain a master list of part planning information for all parts, individually selected parts, or a range of parts. In addition, you may use query transactions to quickly learn the status of individual part.

Using the on-line query transactions, you may:

  • Browse part master by part number sequence, general description, or product category;
  • Display basic part data for specified parts;
  • Display planning data for specified parts;
  • Display part standard notes;
  • Display product category data.

Using the report transaction, you may:

  • List all, a range, or specified parts showing basic part data;
  • List all, a range, or specified parts, showing planning data;

List all parts, all assemblies, all components, all end items, all purchased parts, or all loose parts.

Diagram Part Control

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