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Quality stock and availability on the sales order

Hi All,

We have been struggling with a process and hope to get your input. When materials arrive; on occasion the materials are put into quality stock. They then go thru a rework process. Our problem is we are losing sales if the inventory cannot be seen by the customer (B2C site) or allocatable to a sales order. Our searches in this community and on the web have led us to inspection stock a lot, but that is not really what we are after. These materials already have a known issue.

Here is what we have tried.

1.) Put materials in a non allocatable storage location, but MRP or the sales order cannot see the inventory. Can cause over ordering.

2.) Put the materials in quality stock and made the quality stock available on the availability check in the sales order. This works some, but if the rework time goes out a week or 2 we are giving incorrect availability dates to our customers.

3.) We have also looked at using reservations, but the process has several steps and does not seem to be associated with quality stock.

The overall goal is to have stock marked as quality stock, then be able to apply a completed rework date to this inventory so the availability check on the sales order is providing correct dates to us and the customer. Any suggestions?

Thanks,

Mark

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3 Answers

  • Aug 02, 2017 at 08:17 PM

    So if option 2 seems to work, then why not be more rigorous in how you determine and control the end date of the inspection lot?

    The availability of the material is determined by the lot end date.

    Avg. inspection duration in the material master needs to be relatively accurate and doable for most problems.

    Inspectors are free to change the inspection lot end date if they feel the actual release if going to be delayed. Maybe develop some programs to run nightly that notifies some people if an inspection lot end date changes. Maybe send an email out.

    If you use notifications to service this item, maintain you notification end dates. Then have program that can update inspection lot end dates automatically based on the notification end date.

    Seems like you are close to a solution, its just not fully expanded on yet.

    Craig

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  • Aug 01, 2017 at 03:00 PM

    Hello,

    I will explain all the points and try to map your requirement

    1) Put materials in a non allocatable storage location, but MRP or the sales order cannot see the inventory. Can cause over ordering

    Answer: MRP reads 3 types of stock.

    Stock in transfer(STO orders), Blocked stock and Restricted use Stock. In plant parameters settings, OPPQ, you can assign restricted use stock to participate in MRP and trigger relevant replenishment proposal.

    Use batch status management as well. This functionality allows to Batch number to have 2 status, Unrestricted and Restricted in batch master. OCHA customizing.

    2) In OVZ9 settings, you can consider '' restricted use stock'' to participate in ATP. ATP and MRP are completely different tools.

    Best regards

    Shailesh Mishra

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  • Aug 01, 2017 at 07:16 PM

    Hi Shailesh,

    Thanks for the quick response. Can restricted stock only be used with batches? A lot of our materials do not have batches. Also do you have to restrict the entire batch or just a part of it.

    Thanks,

    Mark

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