3 Ways Bill of Materials Management Can Help You

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Frequently we are asked about easy to use features to manage parts usage in distribution and the manufacture of parent items. Sage 100 ERP (formerly Sage MAS 90 and Sage MAS 200) has a lot to offer in the Bill of Materials Module that frequently get overlooked. These features don't just apply to manufacturing. They can also apply to kits in distribution, field service and repair tickets.

 

Revision Tracking

Tracking multiple revisions can be used to either keep a history of different components used to build an item or to offer several versions of a particular build based on component availability. It's like having multiple bills for the same item. Just select the revision code and the related bill is invoked.

Engineering Change Control

Do you want to revise a Bill of Material based on a date? Then Engineering Change Control is for you. Now a revision date will determine your Bill of Material. Want to build it the way you used to last year? Simply change the Revision Date to last year's date and you will invoke last year's bill. Want to go back to the current build on the next transaction or order? Use today's date. Want to stop using a part on the last day of this month and replace it with a different part next month? This is what Engineering Control is built for.

Replace or Delete Components

Have you ever wanted to just replace a component across a large number of bills or delete it all together? Replace and Delete Component Entry will do that.

So how does this help a Distributor on Sage 100 ERP?

Let's say your using kits in your distribution sales. Maybe your using a lot of them. When you add Bill of Materials Management to Sage 100 ERP, you now have Revision Control, Engineering Change Entry and Replace and Delete Component Entry available to you for your kits. This is because when you add Bill of Materials Management to your ERP installation, all of your kits will be moved to Bill of Materials Management automatically. You can now manage kits like a manufacturer would manage bills.

How does Bill of Materials help a JobOps user?

If your Sage ERP 100 is running JobOps by Synergistics, you still could benefit significantly from the Bill of Materials module. With both present, you can now assign a Bill to a step in your JobOps Workticket Template. Now you can use Revision Control, Engineering Change Entry and Replace and Delete Component Entry to update components across many templates which share a step tied to the same Bill of Materials.

These same techniques can also be used in Field Service and Repair tickets. Basically anywhere a set of components are used on a recurring basis. 

When set up with this vision in mind, component changes over large groups of kitted or manufactured items can be easy to manage.

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Mike DeRosa is President and System Designer at DeRosa Mangold Consulting, Inc. DeRosa Mangold Consulting, Inc. is a Professional Service Firm providing software, system design, expertise, training and support for Sage 100 ERP users in the Manufacturing, Distribution, Restaurant and Property Management industries. DeRosa Mangold Consulting has offices in Dallas, Waco, Austin and San Antonio Texas and Bakersfield California.