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Everything you need to create a Manufacturing Estimate (ME) is contained in one window.
- The Treeview and List View tabs are used to view, create, and maintain the Bill of Materials.
- The Other Costs tab is used to track costs associated with the new item which cannot be directly tied to the BOM or the Routing. For example, perhaps there are product certification tests that need to be paid for.
- The Routing tab is used to create the routing.
- The Costing tab displays the costing calculations.
A ME can used a combination of “real” items from the GP Item Master and new items which exist only in the ME Module (“ME Items”). ME Items can be components, or subassemblies with their own ME BOMs.
If an ME Item is used the system will require that you link it to a “Source Item”. The Source Item is an existing item in the GP Item Master. The Source Item is used by the ME integration to MFG PowerPack’s Item Copy as the source for the setups needed to creating the new item.
If the ME is “accepted”, the ETO module will create new items as needed from the ME Items on the estimate. The new items are created by copying settings from the Source Item. For example, on the Item Maintenance window alone you must make the following selections to create a new item:
- Item Class ID
- Item Type
- Valuation Method
- Quantity Decimals
- Sales Tax Option
- Tax Schedule ID
- U of M Schedule
- Purchase Tax Option
A new item also requires Item-Site assignment, Item Price List setup, Item Resource Planning setup, Item Engineering setup, and much more.
The Source Item is used to provide all of those settings to the new item. ETO integrates with WilloWare’s Item Copy module in the MFG PowerPack Suite. Item Copy is used to copy the Source Item setup to the new ME Items.
After creating the new items, specific settings can be tweaked as needed on a per-item basis, but this is much less time-consuming that performing all of the setup from scratch.
Time Saving Tip
Create GP Inventory Items that have “typical” set-up for a class of items. For example, all raw materials might have the vast majority of their settings the same (i.e. same site assignment, same Purchasing Options, etc).
Or create generic items that represent smaller sub-set of inventory such as metal bar stock versus cabling. This might be a slightly lower level than an Item Class. There might be an Item Class for METALS, but round stock, flat stock, bar stock, and so on each have some different setups in GP. In this case you could create generic items in GP which carry the settings needed for each type of inventory, then use those generic items as the Source Items in ME.
The key feature of a Source Item that will impact the ME is the U of M Schedule and the Quantity Decimals. Those are the only two settings from the Source Item that will directly affect how the new ME Item can be used, so at a minimum it will be important to create generic items that represent the different Units of Measure you will need.