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Updated 14th August 1998

Tips for CaliachMRP Users

  1. Access: Change User ID from File Menu will disable your ID and Password and prevent access by someone else when you are away from your computer. It is also quicker to regain access than re-launching and it also releases you as a concurrent user.
  2. Windows: Splitting windows allows access to both the bottom and top of the window without scrolling up or down. But you must click on a field to make the pane active.
  3. Masters: Double clicking in the part number box will operate the find part number function. Also applicable to customer code, supplier code, if not in edit mode. Also double clicking on the index text will step you through the alternatives changing the effect of 'Next' and 'Previous' functions.
  4. Capacity Planning Lag: If an operation's lag time is set to '-0.01' then the next op. will run in parallel and if the 1st op's run time is greater they will both finish at the same time. If the final op. has negative lag the lag hours will be ignored.
  5. ScratchPad: It is selected by control+zero or command+zero. Note zero on the numeric keypad on some terminals does not work.
  6. Customised Reports: Should be copies of the original in case the original is required. Limit amendments to standard reports to font/size and position. Caliach Support does not automatically include help with custom reports.
  7. Zero: Upper case O and zero are often confusing and will cause sorting problems so avoid mixing the two in codes and numbers.
  8. Parts Master, Stock Control and Stock Movements: Double-clicking on the process quantities will list all the documents that make up the quantity.
  9. MRP Results: Think Re-order Level as a typical stocking level. Think Minimum Stock as a safety stock level.
  10. MRP Results: The ScratchPad function will enable all records to be shown whilst looking at a narrow band of parts (see page 313 of Ref. Book).
  11. Part Numbers: It is possible to change or replace a part number using the Data Transfer utility program. It needs to used with caution.
  12. ScratchPad: Leaving the ScratchPad open behind the current screen will allow you to see the changes made.
  13. Part Numbering: It is not possible to sort on description so some logic in the part number is useful and allows the description to carry some intelligence.
  14. ABC Class: Use the ABC classification as a temporary index/ad hoc flag to identify groups of parts which are otherwise random. The next MRP run can reset the classification.
  15. Lot-for-Lot: If Draw from several locations is NOT set, batch tracking will force only single batch issues which enforces lot-for-lot batch tracking.
  16. Auto-selection: Assembly auto-selection preferred location prefix is suitable for cellular manufacture where stock is distributed around the factory.
  17. Part Alias: An average BOM which describes a typical product family when used as an Alias will simplify the forecasting, but will be less accurate and will give a false picture of available-to-sell. Although it will be planning and selling from a product family. This can be effective if you routinely generate a Production Plan from all Alias forecasts before running MRP.
  18. Engineering Notes: This parts field can be used in Ad Hoc reports for special data needs as long as the data is always held in the same position or uses marker characters (see page 349 of the Ref. Book).
  19. Copy and Paste: Reports printed to screen can be used to copy and paste data to spreadsheets, word processors and into CaliachMRP fields.
  20. Custom Stationary: User preferences allow different stationery designs to be used at local terminals to suit the operator. e.g. PO forms for each buyer - service/product.
  21. Outwork Operations: Make outwork work centre = 1 hour per day then the lag hours will = the number of days it will take to process.
  22. Serial Number Tracking: This can be used for time based activities such as rental of equipment or service engineering.
  23. Production Plans: Help to artificially load demand on MRP so that long lead items are ordered, where sales will be for unrealistic delivery times.
  24. Quality Control: Quality standards information recorded in Engineering Data can be assessed as procedures for quality assessment during goods receiving process.
  25. Intra-EU Trade Statistics: This report is designed to print directly onto the UK Customs and Excise Supplementary Declaration form C1501 and continuation sheets.
  26. Reset Data File: Will allow the recalculation of 'On-order value' and parts 'Due to SO quantity' if you believe they are out of step with Sales Orders.
  27. Despatch Potential: If the Available Now is equal to Quantity to Ship on the delivery potential review then the despatch will not effect any other despatch that was due earlier.
  28. Codes: Where numbers or codes are of unequal length they will not sort automatically. Insertion of leading zeros will ensure accurate sorting on reports.
  29. Sales Despatch: SO Despatch variance limit will allow completion of an order line with a warning message if a lower quantity is despatched. Note it will reduce the order value accordingly. This also applies to Batch + variance on despatch.
  30. Country Codes: To take advantage of EC Trade Statistics analysis features, use VAT country codes.
  31. Period Roll-over: Rolling over period usage can be processed automatically with periodic Accounts Receivable Month ends.
  32. Process Quantities: Accurate part process quantities can be seen in 'Processing Analysis' in Stock History.
  33. Password Control: To prevent users from changing their password set 'O' in File menu security settings.
  34. BOM Structure Comments: This can be used to show component identifiers, cutting instructions, warnings, etc. on Work Orders. Also useful for instructions to Stores.
  35. Batch Tracking: Use of multiple common components on BOM's will break the batch traceability of the component if kitted from more than one batch.
  36. Performance: Run the timing test regularly from the same terminal type. This will identify trends and give good warning of needs to improve the network/server configuration.
  37. Workflow: A work order batch can only go through one work centre even if there are more than a quantity of one of the work centre. e.g. process of 8 hours = 1/3 day if 1 centre has 24 hours a day, rather than 3 centres of 8 hours.
  38. Ignore MRP: Work orders set to ignore MRP avoids recommendations to cancel where there is no demand for the assembly.
  39. Backflushed Work Orders: Can have the quantity amended until completed or cancelled, this allows permanently rolling orders to reflect MRP requirements.
  40. Work Order Receiving Variance: Allows any built in level of scrap in BOM to be recognised.
  41. Dates: Enter the day only if the date is in the current month. Enter the day and month if in the current year.
  42. Goods Receiving: If avoid query is set the system will store messages until the window is closed and then produce an alert message that can be printed.
  43. Sales Order Entry: When clicking Extra Text, hold shift key down to access Works Texts instead of Sales Texts. This will allow you to view text that is important to the Sales Order without it being printed on the documentation.
  44. Sales Price: Sales order line item total value including tax can be entered and this will adjust the list price.
  45. Sales Bonded Items: Hold down alt or option key when selecting the menu item and the description will be replaced with the available quantity.
  46. Despatch Items: Hold down the alt or option key when selecting the menu item and the description will be replaced with the available quantity.