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Epicor® Material Requirements Planning

What is the business reason for using Material Requirements Planning (MRP)

If your company primarily builds to stock or even mixed mode of to stock and shipment, you should consider implementing Epicor® Kinetic Material Requirements Processing. An MRP utility will estimate potential demand and suggests supply to meet that demand. An MRP system will auto-generate jobs, purchase orders, and transfer orders. Your new MRP system will stay on top of the future demand for your products, and you will have the materials you must have to make those products when you need them.

Tomerlin-ERP consultant, Kerry Ropelato, is one of the most accomplished experts at implementing MRP. Call us now, and our staff will work with your buyers and schedulers to launch MRP for you!

Concepts and Logic of MRP

Material Requirements Planning (MRP) is a set of planning tools that lets you estimate potential demand and propose the supply that will answer this demand. It does this by generating job, purchase, and transfer order suggestions.

MRP is designed primarily for companies that manufacture make-to-stock quantities or mixed-mode manufacturers that run both custom and stock products. Regular use of MRP lets you anticipate the future demand for your company’s products, ensuring that materials are in the right place at the right time.

This functionality gives you the ability to forecast production and material demand. It also gives you a fast way to create suggestions that can be turned into a job, transfer order, or purchase order records.

Before you use this functionality, you must have accurate methods of manufacturing designed for your part records, solid Engineering Change Order (ECO) control, correct inventory records, thorough Lead Time values for purchased and transferred materials and proven capacity estimates for resources and resource groups.

The MRP engine places demand against the above information to calculate the job, transfer order, and purchase suggestions. The source of the demand determines the part quantities needed to be either produced or purchased.