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
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
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.
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.
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.
Comments to Nik Makepeace