Checking a Part's Movements

It is very often necessary to see what movements a part has made recently. In these terms, "movement" refers to any changes in the part's physical position as well as any changes in its system location. For example:
if a part was delivered by a vendor and then booked in by receiving, it would show as 'movement' - as a RECEIVE. If the part was then returned to the vendor it would be 'moved' to the line and then issued from the line out of existence, as far as the system is concerned. The last movement, however would never take place in the physical world, as it makes no sense to move parts from receiving to the line and then back to receiving to go back on a lorry. In reality, the move would only be a system move. The actual parts probably wouldn't budge.

From an MM menu enter REVIEWACTPART. In this screen just key in the part number that is to be traced and MM will show all the recent movements of the part, from most recent, at the top to least recent, at the bottom. As well as the movements there is a lot else to be gathered from this screen. An example with much of what can be displayed is here. The codes probably need a little explaining:


These codes refer to the manner in which a part was booked in.
This means a part was booked in directly, without first being inspected. It may move to inspection later, if neccesary.
This means a part has been booked straight into UL inspection, which means that a sample are being checked to ensure they have UL approval.
This shows that a part was booked directly into inspection, in order to be inspected in whatever manner is appropriate.

These two activity types are always found in pairs. An 01MOVE is a move from a location (shown in th Location column, second from the right) and an 02MOVE is a move to a location, similarly shown in the Location column.


Like the above pair of codes these two are never found apart either. Every time there is a cycle-count (a count to see how many parts there are) these two codes are entered on the system. The first shows the number of parts found in the location checked (the location can be found in the Location column) and the second (the 02COUNT) shows by how much the quantity on hand was adjusted as a result of this count.


This shows that parts have been issued off the system on an internal order from another division. The IO number against which they were issued is shown in the Order Number column. 01BACKFLSHISSUE

A backflush occurs when a product has been fully built and is booked in as finished goods inventory (FGI). When a product is booked as FGI the system looks at that product's composition (what it is made off, i.e. it's full bill of materials) and 'backflushes' all the parts that went into it off the system, thereby keeping the on hand balance correct. UNPLNDISSUE

An unplanned issue accounts for any parts leaving the system not accounted for by the other codes. Typically this will be due to an MRT, or Material Request Transaction, which is used when a part is being shipped back to a vendor for credit or to be made into something else.

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