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BPCS/LX Tip of the Week: Purchase Order Receive All Processing LX/8.3.5

This enhancement to the Purchase Receipts screens; optionally shown with the quantity and weight fields populated with the open value on the purchase order. Previously the user had to manually enter the quantity received or, for a dynamic weight and measure items, the weight received for each line on the purchase order. Now the screens are populated with the open value and if the open value is the same as the value received, the user can simply accept the line.

The Receive All field on the PUR550D1-01 screen determines whether the receipt lines are populated with the open value. A system parameter controls the Receive All default value but the default value can be overridden. If the user specifies 1=Yes in the Receive All field then the PUR550D2-02 screen displays the open quantity or weight for each line. The user can accept the open value for each line. 

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Monday, May 21, 2018/Author: Anthony Etzel/Number of views (12)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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BPCS/LX Tip of the Week: Gain Efficiency & Save Money – Evaluate Your Production Lines

When is the last time you took a hard look at your production lines?

  • How are we moving product through our facility?
  • Do we have work instructions / drawings available where needed?
  • Do we have frequently used inventory available at the line?
  • Where are the bottlenecks?
  • Are processes automated, where possible?

Taking a hard look at your processes and procedures may reveal some interesting results. 

Don’t assume that everyone is doing things the same way. Some may be superstars, and others may need some mentoring. Some processes may be outdated and costing you time and money, while others are extremely efficient. One area of the business may benefit from how others operate. Take the time to review and analyze your findings. Your company may benefit greatly as a result.

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018/Author: Anthony Etzel/Number of views (247)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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BPCS/LX Tip of the Week: Cost of Goods Sold

A major change in LX Release 8.3.5 is the ability to post Cost of Goods Sold Inventory transactions by Cost Bucket. 

This will enable reporting of Cost of Goods Sold on the P&L by Material, Labor and Overhead. 

Up to this point, companies that wished to report at this level had to develop a modification to analyze these transactions and re-book them. This new feature eliminates that need. 

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018/Author: Anthony Etzel/Number of views (251)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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BPCS/LX TIP OF THE WEEK: INVENTORY TRANSFERS

Misplaced inventory… this happens all the time, but it CAN be avoided.

As part of an employee’s initial training, they should be taught the importance of proper inventory handling. This training should occur even if inventory handling is not their job! Employees need to know how the actions (or lack thereof) of one individual affects the rest of the company and the system used to run your business. Proper inventory management is the responsibility of ALL employees. 

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Tuesday, March 20, 2018/Author: Anthony Etzel/Number of views (495)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Tip of the Week: Finding the Cause of Waste

If a particular machine in your shop breaks down a lot, and you are seeing lots of scrap on every job, maybe it is time to look at what is going on. Is there truly a problem with the machine? If so, get it fixed, or move production to another line. Maybe it is a problem with how the machine operator has been trained, or maybe it is due to poor quality materials that are being used as components on a given job. Until you dig in to find the root cause, you can’t fix the problem.  

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018/Author: Kathy Barthelt/Number of views (581)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Tip of the Week: Gain Efficiency & Save Money - Evaluate Your Production Lines

When is the last time you took a hard look at your production lines?

  • How are we moving product through our facility?
  • Do we have work instructions / drawings available where needed?
  • Do we have frequently used inventory available at the line?
  • Where are the bottlenecks?
  • Are processes automated, where possible?

Taking a hard look at your processes and procedures may reveal some interesting results. Don’t assume that everyone is doing things the same way. Some may be superstars, and others may need some mentoring. Some processes may be outdated and costing you time and money, while others are extremely efficient. One area of the business may benefit from how others operate. Take the time to review and analyze your findings. Your company may benefit greatly as a result.

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Wednesday, March 07, 2018/Author: Anthony Etzel/Number of views (688)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Tip of the Week: 10 Ways to Succeed at an OEE Project Where 90% Fail

  1. Collect the requirements. Learn from everyone with the intent of developing a phased approach to implementing on your shop floor with OEE being Phase 1. 
  2. Create your list. Capture all of required functions, taking into account what the “output” of the system will be. What does the plant manager need to see in real-time? What KPI’s does each line need displayed in real-time? What reports are required?
  3. Insist Upon Real-time. In the moment data for the right OEE is the right approach. If it’s possible, collect the data automatically. Remember that real-time feedback to line operators results in an automatic increase in OEE.
  4. Evaluate your lines. Focus where production counts can be monitored automatically. If the data is in your PLC’s, can you get it out? OPC communication is the right way to go here. If not, the approach is to install a new dedicated PLC with sensors installed on each line.
Wednesday, February 28, 2018/Author: Kathy Barthelt/Number of views (754)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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BPCS/LX Tip of the Week: 5 Ways to Motivate Your Employees

Here are 5 ways you can motivate your employees to give their best every day:

1. Train Your Employees

2. Give Your Employees the Right Tools

3. Automate Processes

4. Give Your Employees Real-Time Feedback

5. Provide Incentives to Do More

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Thursday, February 22, 2018/Author: Anthony Etzel/Number of views (631)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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