Multi-Layer Work Orders and Sub-Assemblies

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  • How can I add a sub assembly to a Bill of Materials/Assembly item?
  • What happens when I run a work order for the main item, but don’t have the sub assembly?
  • How do I complete a work order that contains sub-assemblies?

Webinar transcript

APT University: Multi-Layer Work Orders and Sub-Assemblies

(Show Title Slide)

Hello and welcome to AdvancePro University. Today we’re going to discuss an advanced aspect of the Manufacturing Module, The Multi-layer work orders and sub-assemblies.

For those of you who are new to AdvancePro Manufacturing. Sub assemblies are assembly items which are in turn components in other sub assemblies. An example might be creating an alternator which is then used in an engine, or making a food product, then running it through a separate process for packaging..

(Show MFG Panel)

For more details on how to create an assembly item or run a work order, please refer to our prior videos on those subjects.

Today I’m going to focus on just the aspects relating to sub-assemblies and work orders.

(create a new assembly item)

To begin with I’m going to create a new Assembly item, and I’m going to include another assembly item as a component here in the BOM

Now lets run a regular work order against that item.

(Create work order)

This is the highest level work order, it will create a work order for a smaller sub-assembly peice.

Since our component has zero stock, I’m now going to create a work order using the WO checkbox.

This second work order must be completed prior to the primary work order being completed.

So I’m going to go ahead and click process and we’re now going to jump into the work order for the sub assembly.

(Navigate to sub assembly)

This is the next level down of work order, we can continue with additional layers and additional work orders for each layer that has a sub assembly as a component, until the final layer which would only contain regular products as components rather than assembly items.

Now we’re at the sub assembly level, we have all the settings and capabilities for the sub-assembly work order to be completed now, I’m going to go ahead and process this sub assembly work order, then finalize it.

(navigate back to the original work order)

Now we’re here at the first work order for the finished product, we find this under the partially processed stage just like if we had produced a work order that required stock from a vendor.

We can now process and finish the work order.

(finish the work order)

This brings us through a multi-layer work order, for each layer of sub assembly necessary you can complete this process to create work orders for the parts in demand, as well as show when the sub-assemblies when have been finished so that the higher-level assemblies can be completed.

This concludes our Lesson, At this time we would like to welcome any questions. In order to ask a question navigate to the questions tab on the Gotowebinar panel. In future lessons, we will be covering using sub-assemblies, doing a dis-assembly to repurpose parts, using our reporting to track a recall, as well as many other features across AdvancePro’s robust capabilities.

Question: What if I want to keep stock on hand rather than building sub-assembly parts to order?

(click the product tab)

So for a manufactured item you can still use our reorder alert levels and target levels in conjuction with the reorder alert report to show when you need to start these sub assembly work orders.

Question: Are the work orders for each level linked in any way??

So in the eyes of AdvancePro these are separate processes. If you need some way to track them together I recommend building a code into your internal SKU structure. The only connection between them is the way I demonstrated that the stock for each Work order must be available in order to process it and move ahead.