July 8, 2021 Release Notes

Planning for Yield Losses

This enhancement provides enhanced capabilities to accurately plan for yield losses in the production process.  These capabilities enable the precise estimation of the various forms of yield losses that could occur throughout production process.  Losses are distinguished into Fixed (setup) losses, which is fixed irrespective of the job size, and Percentage losses, which is proportional to the size of the job.  In addition, the occurrence  of Fixed and Percentage losses at different stages in the process can be planned for.  Yield losses at each of these different stages of the production process can be defined:

  • Losses related to the addition of each consumed material
  • Losses occurring at the input stage of each production operation
  • Losses occurring at the output stage of each production operation

All estimated yield losses are used to gross up material that is required by jobs to ensure that enough material is ordered to complete the job.

More details on the planning for Yield Losses can be found in Planning for Yield Losses article. 

Maximum Field Size for Order Numbers

The length of all order number fields are now 50 characters. All order numbers that were previously less than 50 characters have been increased to 50 characters in length, which will enable lossless data transfer between ERP systems that support order numbers of up to 50 characters in length.  

The following transaction tables and their associated data files have had their order numbers fields increased as a result of this change:

  • Vendor Orders (vendorOrders.txt)
  • Shop Orders (shopOrders.txt, shopOrderProgress.txt, shopOrderAdditionalData.txt)
  • Customer Orders (customerOrders.txt)
  •  Transfer Orders (transferOrders.txt)

Addition of Days on Hand to Item Planning Details

The Days on Hand column will be now visible in all business nodes. This was previously a setting that was enabled upon request. The Days on Hand metric provides useful inventory metrics, and it is utilized during suggested order generation.

Addition of Days on Hand to Custom Reports

The Days on Hand values from the Supply Plan and Item Planning Details are now available as fields on reporting entities in the Custom Reports application. It is available under the Requirements Plan -> Forecast and S&OP -> Supply Plan reporting entities

Elimination of Events in Safety Stock Calculations

The purpose of this enhancement is to provide the ability to prevent events from being utilized in safety stock calculations.  Currently  when an event is executed it becomes part of the total demand plan which is passed on to the supply plan and requirement plan. As a result, its quantity is included as part of Days On Hand Safety Stock calculation, which is a problem because it adds excess inventory for a one time event that is unnecessary.  This enhancement separates the demand from events from total demand in supply planning and requirement. Each event can be specified to have its demand included/excluded from safety stock calculation by using the "Excluded in Safety Stock" flag on the event. The"Excluded in Safety Stock" flag can be updated when the event is being created in the Advanced Planning or being uploaded via the data upload process.

When the "Excluded from Safety Stock" flag is set on an event, the generated demand from the event will be excluded in the calculation of safety stock when the determination of the ”Days“ safety stock is based on Forecast and Total Demand

Addition of Make/Buy Field to ItemLocation Table

It is now possible to configure the Make/Buy option of an SKU via the itemlocation.txt upload file. Previously it was only possible to edit the Make/Buy option of a SKU using the Multi-select Item Edit.  With this  enhancement, the value provided in the Make/By field of the itemlocation.txt data upload file will be used to update the ERP->Make/By field for the SKU. Users will still be able to override the value as needed.

Display Unit Measure on Requirements Planning Screens

The Unit of Measure value for each SKU has been added to the Planner Action Report and Item Planning Detail screens. Previously, the lack of visibility to a SKU's unit of measure on these screens meant that users had a difficulty knowing which unit of measure was being used to plan the item. A new Unit of Measure column has been added to the Planner Action and the Item Detail screens to provide users with this vital information.

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