I work at a small design and manufacturing company and have been evaluating ERPNext over the last week to see if it would fit our needs. So far, the software seems to be exactly what we’re looking for (so thanks, great work!).
Anyway, we’re approaching release of some of our newer products and need a way of managing the initial ordering and quantities. Some of these new products have nearly 100 unique sub-components (fasteners, machined parts, etc.) that come from a variety of suppliers. Fortunately the Production Planning Tool looks to be a really useful tool for this job. Here is the type of workflow that I am envisioning:
1. Enter all components into system.
2. Set up hierarchical BOMs up to a top-level assembly (the product we actually sell)
3. Input the top-level assembly to the Production Planning Tool.
4. Raise Material Requests (with multi-level BOM option checked).
5. Create Purchase Orders from Material Requests
I’ve used some (much smaller) test data and this seems to work great.
So, this is my question: Is there a way to group select multiple material requests at once and create a single Purchase Order for them?
I see in the Purchase Order screen there is a “From Material Request” option but it seems I can only select one request at a time, one after the next. Is that true? Remember, for some of our assemblies, the Production Planning Tool could raise hundreds of requests (at least initially). Manually selecting them all would take too long, negating the usefulness of the PPT.
For example, ideally, I would select all the material requests related to screws. I would then put this on a single P.O. for our hardware supplier. Then I’d select all the requests related to machined parts and then put them on a single P.O. for our machine shop.
Hopefully I’ve been clear.
Thanks for your time.
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