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Former Member
Jan 26, 2011 at 09:18 PM

Both Production Orders and Process Orders in Same Plant


I was wondering If I can have PP-PI for some materials in my primarily Discrete Manufacturing Plant.

Most of our business is discrete but at the begining of the process there is a foundry process involved which is totally different from the rest of the process.

We cast the parts and then machine them and make them into a final product and sell them. Machining is the value added process and is the most of the business. So we chose to go with Discrete manufacturing.

however in foundry they do things differently, they wouldnt know what kind of a metal they get out of the furnace so cant plan the production orders. They have to take the molten metal from furnace and determine which castings they can make out of it. Also they would add additional alloys to change the chemical composition to the desired properties.

this is proving very difficult to incorporate in the BOM and Routing of the discrete process. But once the casting is done the rest is pure and simple discrete process. So I am wondering if I can enable PP-PI for some materials and use recipes which gives me more control.

Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.

Thank you