Works Order Processing, also known as Bill of Materials, is an application designed for companies that manufacture or assemble products for customers and for stock. However, different companies will have widely differing requirements, and the application is therefore highly user-configurable whilst retaining simplicity of use.
When companies stock, not only completed products, but also the components which are used to make these completed products then the application allows for the generation of works orders to document this manufacturing/assembly process. Works Order Processing is designed to handle not only the stock movements which occur when components are used to make complete products, but can also include labour and operation elements to provide a complete Works Order process.
When creating works orders they are usually based on the assembly structure for the finished item. However that assembly structure may contain components that are also assemblies – items that can be used in multiple different products or may be sold in their own right.
Taking as an example the PC System on your desk – the PC will have a connected monitor, keyboard, mouse and base unit; the base unit itself is an assembly containing a case, video card, memory, and motherboard and so on; the motherboard may be an assembly containing the board, processor chip, fan and so on.
Works Order Processing supports up to nine level of assemblies.
In a manufacturing environment, a work order often begins with a sales order received from a customer. Datafile allows operators to flag sales order lines for works order creations to show that work is about to begin on the manufacture, building or engineering of the products requested by the customer. Batch processes within the Bill of Materials application allow for the creation of works orders for the flagged entries.
When processing a works order it may go through various stages in the build process or through various departments in the factory. Operation stock codes, which can be included within the assembly definition, can act as a ‘route guide’ within the work order with enquiries show the stages completed.
Variances between original standard Assembly builds and actual Finished Items and Raw Material usage can be shown with allowances for any Wasteage or Bulk component consumption.