The video below describes a sequence of events that automatically creates manufacturing work orders when inventory is low. (scroll down below video for more)
Let’s assume you pull items from inventory for manufacturing. (You manufacture something that includes other pre-built assemblies) You have to maintain stock of the pre-built items so they are always available for use in other product. Problem is, it’s hard to remember to restock inventory when it’s low. You may pull a few off the rack and never remember to replenish them. The last thing you want is to go back and find the rack empty! Now you’ve got to build those items before you can fulfill your orders.
Wouldn’t it be nice if you got an email when inventory stock fell? And even nicer if a new work order was created, telling you to build and replenish inventory? Such an automated system would let you keep inventory levels high enough to fulfill orders when they came in.
This video describes exactly how to do this.
The sequence goes something like this:
- BOM is scanned and deducted from inventory
- Stock quantity drops below a threshold
- New work order is automatically created
- Email notification is sent
- Employees build and replenish inventory from the work order
- Work order is completed and deactivated
Most of these steps are accomplished with barcode scanners on the shop floor. Employees may not realize the automation occurring in the background, but admins and project managers will appreciated it.