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"Generic" material master in MRP run


Our business users want to use MRP to manage the stock of materials such as circuit breakers. There are however many manufacturers/types and while a certain specification is required, they would be happy to purchase from a variety of suppliers whose products could be different from one another.

Would it be possible to use MRP to do this, and how could that be achieved?

The process envisaged would be something like this:

  • Material number xxxxx with MRP settings defined; stock falls beyond prescribed level.
  • System must generate requisition indicating requirement for circuit breaker in general
  • Procurement must get quotations from variety of suppliers (as per tender and procurement policy) based on minimum specification.
  • Quotations received must be evaluated and based on price/quality, the supplier selected and order placed.
  • Item must be received against specific material number yyyyy for that supplier's circuit breaker.

Any suggestions much appreciated.

thanks and regards, Lara

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  • Posted on Mar 14, 2014 at 12:03 AM

    This is standard scenario and you can use.Are you creating only one generic material to all different manufacturers ?or each manufacture you are creating one circuit breaker ?.For all manufactures one material then you need to identify which supplier items are fast moving .For this either you need to do some enhancement .Each manufacture one material then you can use you said above process.

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  • Posted on Mar 14, 2014 at 07:11 AM

    you can only receive an item which is specified in the purchase order.

    if the purchase order has XXXX then you cannot receive YYYY, you have to receive XXXX and then either use a 309 movement to get it to YYYY, or even better using a production order to make YYYY from XXXX.

    Further if you plan XXXX and procure YYYY, then this order does not reduce the requirement for XXXX, and the next MRP run will give you again a requisition for XXXX.

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