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Accounting for Manually Issued Material in the Requirement Plan


In some situations it is not possible, or desirable, to automatically issue the material to production orders via backflushing. This can be due to various reasons such as a need to use specific lots of material on specific production orders, or the need to manually issue material due to high variability in the quantity of the material usage.  In situations like this the process of accounting for the material usage is by using an inventory transaction to issue the material to the production order prior to reporting production against the production order.

This feature provides Requirement Planning with the ability to recognize the material that has been already issued to open production orders, and eliminate the need for the  Requirement Planning (RP) Logic to continue to drive requirements for this already issued material.

With this enhancement all the material that has been previously issued to open production orders are uploaded into DemandCaster and the next time a Requirement Plan is generated the issued material will be accounted for.  

Setup and Configuration

Accounting for manually issued material requires that each component on the Bill of Material is linked to the operation where it is consumed.  This requires that the Parent Item Operation Number is populated in the BOM - Multi-Location (DRP) upload file.

In order to utilize manual issuing, the Business Node needs to be enabled for manual issuing.  Please enter a Salesforce case to have your Business Node enabled for manual issuing.

After your Business Node is enabled for manual issuing, each of the parent items that will have its child components manually issued should be enabled for this capability by changing the value of this setting on the parent item: Item Options->Consider Manual Issued Quantity in Requirement Explosion to true.


Once the items have been configured for manual issuing, information about the material that has already been issued to existing production orders needs to be uploaded prior to generating a new Requirement Plan to account for the manual issue transactions.  The manual issue transactions are uploaded using the manualissuedquantity.txt file upload.

After the manualissuedquantity.txt file is uploaded and the Requirement Plan is generated, the new Requirement Plan will now account for all the material that has been previously issued to production orders.  As a result of the quantities uploaded via manualissuedquantity.txt file, the dependent demand that is generated by parent items for child components will be reduced by the quantities uploaded in the manualissuedquantity.txt file.

When an item has been (reported as been) issued to a production order via the manualissuedquantity.txt file, a Manual Issued Quantity column is displayed in the Item Planning Details. The production order number and the quantity that has been issued are displayed in the Manual Issued Quantity column.


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