Using alternative production BOMs or routings is quite common in a manufacturing environment. It could for example be that larger orders are run in higher capacity machines, versions of products are produced with slight variations in components (like different colors), or you might produce the same item in two different locations and therefor need two different routings.
There are times when an ECN effectivity says to use up existing parts before using the new parts (Use to Exhaustion). In Dynamics NAV, we have the option to phase in using “starting dates” and “ending dates” in Production BOM’s, but that is based on an estimated usage rate that may not be accurate.
There is a trick that will aid in planning for the new parts and using up the old parts. This trick may not be useful in a large company with rigid ISO procedures, but will work great in smaller companies.
Recently, I had a support question come across my desk asking why inventory was not showing correctly for “Qty. on Kit Sales Lines” for items with kit components. After a little investigation, my colleagues and I uncovered that the inventory was showing correctly, but the Kit Bill of Material (BOM) was removed from the Item Card, causing confusion
One of the new reports in Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 is the BOM Cost Share Distribution Report that came with the assembly functionality. It is a great looking report, and what makes it even better is that it does not only work with assembled items but also with manufactured items.
Do you need to use alternate bills of materials (BOM) or routings in your business? Let’s first define what I mean by “alternate BOM or routing.” An Alternate BOM or routing is a predefined process or set of components that can be used to make an item but is not the “standard” method of doing so.