Products like machines, electronic devices and many consumer products including food are produced from semi-finished products or subassemblies. If the (finished) product is an agricultural machine, subassemblies may be the hydraulic system and the gear box. Even the hydraulic system may itself be composed out of subassemblies, like a hydraulic pump. In the food industry, we produce tanks full of ketchup as a semi-finished product used to produce (cartons with) ketchup bottles.
The above products are constructed from multi-level bills-of-material. On the highest level we have the finished product with a BOM, but for the hydraulic system we have an underlying BOM.
Multi-level shop orders in manufacturing advanced
Though technically we can construct multi-level BOMs also in Manufacturing Basic, we don’t have strong support for managing shop orders with multi-level BOMs. In practice this means that when we create a shop order for a machine, we will have to separately create shop orders for the subassemblies. In that case, we do not have shop orders for components linked to the shop order for the finished product. In Manufacturing advanced, we will be able to generate linked shop orders for subassemblies all at the same time.
Linked shop orders for subassemblies
On the materials tab of the shop order we will be able to view the linked suborders (if any). The behaviour of suborders is different with respect to the finish process (receiving). When we receive a shop order for a finished product, we either receive in stock or we deliver to the customer. A suborder however will directly issue the receipt to the parent order.
Shop order structure view
A new tab on the shop order is designed to show the full structure of all linked shop orders. Parents and children are not only displayed but also allow navigating directly to the order.
The multi-level shop orders, together with related reporting options, will go into controlled release in early July. Manufacturing Advanced, which contains this functionality, is planned for commercial release in the fourth quarter of 2014.
More information with Pieter Hamans (email@example.com).