Material Management Quick Study Guide
Table of Contents Event Process in FabTrol MRP Production ………………………………….………. 1 Creating Projects for Production ……………………………………….…… 2 Project Specifications ……………………………………………………...…. 3 ABM Material Management Event Process …………………………………………. 4 Reviewing ABM Sequencing …………………………………………………. 5 Creating ABM Nests in the OptiMiser module …………………………………6 Reviewing the Parts to Cut ……………………………………………………. 7 Reviewing Available Stock ………………….……………………………… 8 Reviewing Purchasable Lengths …………………………………………….. 9 Setting Optimization Options and Calculating Nests …………………………… 11 Reviewing Nestings ………………………………………………………… 13 Adjusting Nestings ………………….………………………………………. 14 Approving Nestings …………………………………………………………. 15 Using a “Check Me” Nest to Identify Outstanding Items …………………… 15 Reviewing the ABM Buy List ………………………………………………… 16 Creating Purchase Orders ………………………………………….…………. 17 Filling Purchase Orders from the Buy List ……………………………………… 18 Issuing and Printing Purchase Orders …………………………………………… 19 Preposting Purchase Orders ……………………………………………………… 20 Reviewing ABM Reports …………………………………………………… 21 DBM Materials Management Process ………………………………….…………… 22 Linking Detailed Jobs to Advanced Bill Jobs ………………………….………… 23 Reviewing Sequence Assignments ……………………………………………… 24 Nesting DBM Cut Lists with ABM Material ……………………………..……… 25 Creating DBM Cut Lists ………………………………………………………26 Reviewing the Parts to Cut …………………………………………………… 27 Reviewing Available Stock ……………………………………………….…… 28 Reviewing Purchasable Lengths ………………………………………………… 29 Setting Optimization Options and Calculating Nests ………………………….. 31 Reviewing Nestings ……………………………………………………………. 33 Adjusting Nestings …………………………………………………………… 34 Approving Nestings ………………………………………………………….. 35 Using a “Check Me” Nest to Identify Outstanding Items ……………………… 35 Reviewing the Buy List ……………………………………………………… 36 Creating Purchase Orders ……………………………………………….……..37 Filling Purchase Orders from the Buy List ……………………………………… 38 Issuing and Printing Purchase Orders …………………………………………… 39 Preposting Purchase Orders ……………………………………………………… 40 Receiving Purchase Order Items ………………………………………….……… 41 Verifying Cut Lists …………………………………………………………… 43 Managing Unverified Items ……………………………………………………… 44 Working with the Expanded Cut List …………………………………………… 45 Confirming Cut Lists ………………………………………………………….. 46 Adjusting Nestings in the Confirm Cuts window …………………………..…… 47

……. Stock Categories ……………………………………………….……. and Reviewing Stock Items …………………………………… 50 Stock Status …………………………………………………………………….. Editing.. 50 51 Manually Allocating Items ………………………………….. 53 Stock Reports …………………………………………………………………… 54 The PurchaseMate module: Integrated Purchasing and More ……………..……… 55 Setting Purchase Order Preferences ………………………………….………………… 52 Stock Usage Report ……………………………………………………………...……… Purchasing Reports ………………………………………………………….……………. 56 .48 Managing Stock with the StockMiser module ……………………………………… 49 Adding.

The Materials menu provides access to functions associated with the purchasing. and Production menus are module-specific.FabTrol MRP – Interface Basics i Interface Basics Welcome to FabTrol MRP. nesting. Toolbar Just below the menu bar. Add.x Quick Study Guide edition: January 2007 . Following is an overview of the tools available in FabTrol MRP. you’ll see a conventional set of Windows menu commands across the top of your computer screen. plus an introduction to basic functions you’ll need to know. insert. The File. These menus provide access to all FabTrol MRP functions.0. This toolbar can be repositioned at the bottom. Edit. you’ll see a toolbar. or sides of the window view area by clicking on it and dragging it to the desired location. View. Projects. The buttons on this toolbar provide single-click access to many of the program's most common functions. or delete items in a list or table Use the search function available in some windows (usually the size searcher) Create a new project Open an existing project Open the Reports window Move through fields or records in a list or table such as the Takeoff Entry or Bill of Materials windows Switch views between imperial and metric units of measure FabTrol MRP Version: 2. Tools. Menus When you first open FabTrol MRP. Drawings. top. and stock maintenance modules. The Estimating. and Help menus contain functions common to all FabTrol MRP modules.

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0.x Quick Study Guide edition: January 2007 .Materials Management – Quick Study Guide 1 Event Process in FabTrol MRP Production Create new Detailed project Is an ABM necessary? Create Advanced Bill project ABM Materials Management YES NO Project Specifications Customer notation Paint Calculator Shipping destination Miscellaneous information TRACK DETAILED PROJECT INFORMATION AND SCHEDULE Project Organizer Import Bill of Materials DBM Materials Managment Drawing Management Production Management Interim Shipping Ship to job site FabTrol MRP Version: 2.

Project numbers allow up to eight alphanumeric characters.2 Materials Management – Quick Study Guide Creating Projects for Production When you are awarded a contract. If necessary.x Quick Study Guide edition: January 2007 ._ Advanced Bill project numbers can be suffixed with an “A”.0. you can also create an Advanced Bill job. the first thing you should do is create a Detailed job. To open this window click: File menu > New Things to remember about new jobs Project numbers must be unique. FabTrol MRP Version: 2. Project numbers can not contain the following characters: / \ [ ] < > ~ ! @ # $ % ^ & * ( ) + = Project numbers can contain the following characters: .

tab: Shop order number (if different from FabTrol MRP project number) Customer PO number FabTrol MRP Version: 2. the following Project Specification fields should be filled out for a Detailed job: Project tab: Related estimate no. Contacts tab: Customer Coatings tab: Fill out the fields for a finish code in the Paint Calculator Shipping tab: FOB point Destination Directions Misc. To open this window click: View menu > Project Specs Fields to enter in the Project Specifications window At a minimum.x Quick Study Guide edition: January 2007 .0.Materials Management – Quick Study Guide 3 Project Specifications After you have created a new project. you should open up the Project Specifications window and fill out some information about the project. Related advanced bill no.

0.4 Materials Management – Quick Study Guide ABM Material Management Event Process Create Advanced Bill project Review Sequencing in the Bill of Materials Create Advanced Bill cut lists in the OptiMiser Adjust nestings in Nest Explorer Approve cut lists in Optmiser Create a “Check Me!” nest to look for outstanding items Create purchase orders from the Buy List in PurchaseMate Issue purchase orders in PurchaseMate Confirm delivery dates by Preposting PO’s to stock in PurchaseMate Receive PO items as they arrive in PurchaseMate FabTrol MRP Version: 2.x Quick Study Guide edition: January 2007 .

Materials Management – Quick Study Guide 5 Reviewing ABM Sequencing Sequences in an Advanced Bill project are used to establish the order of fabrication.0. Using sequences in an Advanced Bill project help you establish the purchasing priority of your project. To open this window click: View menu > Bill of Materials FabTrol MRP Version: 2.x Quick Study Guide edition: January 2007 .

FabTrol MRP Version: 2.0. 4. do the following: 1. Calculate your nesting by clicking the Next >> button on the Calculator tab. After you set your nest filter. 5. and a multing are synonymous terms in the OptiMiser module. Trial nests are the first step of the nesting process.6 Materials Management – Quick Study Guide Creating ABM Nests in the OptiMiser module Once you have a preliminary bill of materials. 2. review the items on the Parts to Cut tab. Review the items on the Available Stock tab. Review the items on the Purchasable Lengths tab. 3. The nest name should reflect the nest filter. To create a trial nest.x Quick Study Guide edition: January 2007 . To open this window click: Materials menu > OptiMiser Things to remember about creating trial nests A nesting. Remember to set a nest filter and nest name. you can create nestings in the OptiMiser module. a cut list. Nest filters will generally be by sequence and material type.

The Print button will print a filtered listing of parts on this nesting. To open this window click: Materials menu > OptiMiser > Parts to Cut tab Things to remember about the Parts to Cut tab You can adjust the nest filter with the Filter button.Materials Management – Quick Study Guide 7 Reviewing the Parts to Cut The Parts to Cut tab will show you the bill of material items that meet the criteria of the nest filter. FabTrol MRP Version: 2.x Quick Study Guide edition: January 2007 . The Cut Info button will show you if a part has contours or miters. The Status button will show you if like part marks are cut on other nestings.0.

and the Available Stock filter. then a “No stock matches the filter condition” Alert! window will open: The stock filter can also be accessed from the Optimization Options window. To open this window click: Materials menu > OptiMiser > Available Stock tab Things to remember about the Available Stock tab If stock items do not match both the Nest filter and the Available Stock filter. FabTrol MRP Version: 2.0.x Quick Study Guide edition: January 2007 .” the Use materials on or available before date filter must be adjusted.8 Materials Management – Quick Study Guide Reviewing Available Stock The Available Stock tab will show you the items in stock that meet the filter conditions of both the Nest filter. When nesting into stock that has a category of “On Order.

Materials Management – Quick Study Guide 9 Reviewing Purchasable Lengths The Purchasable Lengths tab is where you specify what material lengths are available from your vendors. Allowances for saw kerf. To open this window click: Materials menu > OptiMiser > Purchasable Lengths tab Things to remember about the Purchasable Lengths tab Every setting on the Purchasable Lengths tab is adjustable by the selected material type and size. The scrap remnant threshold is set on the Purchasable Lengths tab. trim cutting. and clamping are set on the Purchasable Lengths tab.x Quick Study Guide edition: January 2007 . Each item must have a unit cost in order to nest. FabTrol MRP Version: 2.0.

x Quick Study Guide edition: January 2007 .0. However.10 Materials Management – Quick Study Guide Setting and saving lengths in the Purchasable Lengths tab Each material type in FabTrol MRP is assigned a default set of purchasable lengths. These lengths are stored in the Unit Price File. FabTrol MRP Version: 2. alternate lengths can be saved and filled in the OptiMiser window.

Cut to size nestings are calculated by de-selecting both Purchasable bars and Stock items. The stock available date should be set to one day before the cutting date.0. FabTrol MRP Version: 2.x Quick Study Guide edition: January 2007 .Materials Management – Quick Study Guide 11 Setting Optimization Options and Calculating Nests When you are ready to calculate your nesting. To open this window: Materials menu > OptiMiser > Click Next>> on the Calculator tab Things to remember about setting optimization options Set the planned cutting date according to your project schedule. and selecting Order new material cut to size. click the Next >> button on the Calculator tab.

It ignores the actual value of stock and values stock at 10 cents on the dollar for calculating purposes only. FabTrol MRP Version: 2.x Quick Study Guide edition: January 2007 . This value setting will only be for calculation purposes only. The actual value of stock is not affected.12 Materials Management – Quick Study Guide Setting Advanced Optimization Options If you adjust Advanced Optimization Options on your first nest. Do not use this option if you have entered pricing and lengths from multiple vendors into the Purchasable Lengths tab A Power factor value of six results in the most comparisons between nesting solutions A Material handling factor will result in longer bars used over shorter bars. not cost will set all costs for purchasable lengths to the same value. then the settings will be copied to subsequent nestings.0. To open this window click: Advanced Options in the Optimization Options window Things to remember about the Advanced Optimization Options window Optimize for waste. The Stock valuation is turned on by default.

FabTrol MRP Version: 2.Materials Management – Quick Study Guide 13 Reviewing Nestings After you calculate a nesting.0. To open this window click: Nest Results in the OptiMiser window Things to remember about the Summary of Nesting Results window The Summary of Nesting Results window provides a “bird’s eye view” of a nesting. The remnant length is the total remnant length for all bars. The Copy to Clipboard button will allow you to copy the contents of the Summary of Nesting Results window into an email. The percentages are calculated by dividing the total remnant length by the total bar length.x Quick Study Guide edition: January 2007 . you can review it by clicking Nest Results.

This option will allow you to choose a different bar length and/or source.14 Materials Management – Quick Study Guide Adjusting Nestings Once you have calculated a nesting. Information about the bar appears in the upper right-hand side of the Nest Explorer window. To open this window click: Nest Explorer button in OptiMiser Things to remember about the Nest Explorer window The Nest Explorer window may be used for cut list adjustments when a nesting is in a trial or approved state. Information about parts nested on each bar appears in the lower right-hand side of the Nest Explorer window. you can adjust it in the Nest Explorer window.0.x . Bars are a nesting solution. Bar numbers begin at 3 and restart for every material type. This option will allow you to un-nest all parts on a bar and delete a bar instance. Nestings may be adjusted in four ways in the Nest Explorer window: Freeze Bar Remove Bar Substitute Bar This option holds a nesting solution for a bar during a recalculation. Parts are nested into bars. and grade. Quick Study Guide edition: January 2007 Remove Part FabTrol MRP Version: 2. size. Bars appear in the tree-view (left-hand side) of the Nest Explorer window. This option will allow you to un-nest one or more parts within a bar. You may substitute any bar that is the same length or longer as the parts nested into it.

click: Next >> in OptiMiser on a trial nesting Things to remember about approving nestings When you approve a nesting: Stock bars included on the nesting become Allocated. They are given a status of Assigned. and should be identified. the nesting’s parts can not be re-nested. Items not residing on a cut list are outstanding. Parts from the bill of materials become Allocated. simply add a new cut list and label it CHECK ME! You can then see the outstanding items on the Parts to Cut tab. Parts from the bill of materials can not be nested on a different nesting once they reside on an approved cut list.0.x Quick Study Guide edition: January 2007 . To obtain a “CHECK ME!” nest. you should approve that nesting. FabTrol MRP Version: 2. To open this window. All of the options in the Nest Explorer window are still available when a nesting has been approved. Bars to be purchased are placed onto the Buy List.Materials Management – Quick Study Guide 15 Approving Nestings When you get a nesting that you are satisfied with. Using A “Check Me!” Nest to Identify Outstanding Items Every time you approve a cut list. each nesting that is added will show you what items are not on any cut list. Therefore.

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Reviewing the ABM Buy List
One of the great features of FabTrol MRP is the Buy List. Items on the Buy List can only be placed on a purchase order once. This means that you can not over purchase items nested through the OptiMiser. Reviewing Buy List Items There are three reports that are used to review items on the Buy List. They can be found on the Nesting tab of the main reports window.
Quotation request form

This report will provide a faxable listing of the bars that need to be purchased for each cut list. This report would be faxed off to vendors who would fill in material pricing, and fax the report back to you.
Buy list

This report will list each item that must be purchased for a cut list. In addition, the total purchased length, stock length, remnant, and other material allowances are listed. After items have been purchased, the purchase order number will appear for the bar in place of the Vendor ID code.
ABM codes still to be nested or purchased

This report will list any item from the bill of materials that does not reside on an approved cut list or a purchase order. In essence, it is a “check me” listing for both nesting and purchasing.

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Creating Purchase Orders
The next step in the ABM materials management process is to purchase the Buy List on purchase orders.

To open this window click: PurchaseMate button in OptiMiser > Add button

Things to remember about creating new purchase orders You must “Add” new purchase orders by clicking the Add button on the toolbar. If you do not add a PO, you are editing an existing PO!

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Filling Purchase Orders from the Buy List
After you have added PO and selected a vendor, you can populate the purchase order by filling it from the Buy List.

To open this window click: PurchaseMate window > Items on Order tab > Fill PO Items

Things to remember about filling PO items There are two ways to place the items on the OptiMiser Buy List on a PO. You will not be allowed to over-purchase items if you use either of these options to fill out your purchase orders:
OptiMiser Buy List Multiple Buy Lists

This option will allow you to place all items from one or more cut lists on a PO. This option will allow you to set a filter on the cut list items placed on a PO.

To fill a purchase order, do the following: 1. On the Items on Order tab in the PurchaseMate window, click Fill PO Items. The Purchase Order Fill Options window will open. 2. Click the Multiple Buy Lists button. The Filling a Purchase Order window will open. 3. Click the Select Cut Lists button. 4. Move the nestings to filter on from the left hand side of the list to the right hand side. 5. Click Okay to close the window. 6. Click a box to set a filter on the nestings you have just selected. In the pick list window that appears, select the items you wish to filter on. 7. Click the Fill PO button to place the filtered items on to the purchase order.

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FabTrol MRP Version: 2. you may issue a purchase order number.0.x Quick Study Guide edition: January 2007 . The Print PO button is found on the bottom row of buttons in PurchaseMate window. This will “roll up” all like items into a single line. Only issued PO’s can be included in the Accounting Export. PO’s printed for multiple jobs can have each job’s items grouped by selecting the List by job number option.Materials Management – Quick Study Guide 19 Issuing and Printing Purchase Orders Once you have filled out a purchase order and set the pricing. To open this window click: Print PO button in the PurchaseMate window Things to remember about printing purchase orders The intent of the PO without costs is to provide a document for shipping and receiving personnel. Things to remember about issuing PO’s You can not pre-post or receive PO’s until they have been issued. Printing purchase orders PO’s are printed by clicking the Print PO button in the PurchaseMate window. Purchase orders for mills can be printed with a Recap by Type/Size/Length option. The issue box can be found in the upper right hand corner of the Items on Order tab in the PurchaseMate window.

Things to remember about preposting purchase orders Each preposted item will add a record in the StockMiser module. The Prepost a Purchase Order window will open. ). Select the Preposted checkbox for each item. In order to be preposted.20 Materials Management – Quick Study Guide Preposting Purchase Orders Preposting purchase orders simply confirms a delivery date for items on a purchase order. Click the Prepost PO button. This record in the StockMiser module will have a category of On Order. 3. To open this window click: Prepost PO button in the PurchaseMate window Uses for preposting Allows Detailed Job materials to be nested into ABM stock before ABM stock arrives. 2. FabTrol MRP Version: 2. Change the Due date for each PO item. Navigate to the PO item to receive using the PO Number hyperlink in the PurchaseMate window. Provides a mechanism for proactive materials management. the Preposted checkbox must be selected ( To prepost PO items. do the following: 1.0.x Quick Study Guide edition: January 2007 . 4. The preposted date will be the stock available date.

the Mill Rolling Schedule only allows effective entry for one mill.Materials Management – Quick Study Guide 21 Reviewing ABM reports Once you have purchased and preposted your preliminary listing of materials. the total weight is listed. it is a “check me” listing for both nesting and purchasing. For each sequence. These reports can be found in the main Reports window. FabTrol MRP Version: 2. They are listed by report tab. The determination of a mill or service center source is not determined by vendor. stock area. Purchasing tab PO Breakdown This report will list the parts that are nested into each item on selected purchase orders. the schedule must be populated and maintained manually. In essence. For each part the nest number. ABM code.x Quick Study Guide edition: January 2007 . In the US release of FabTrol MRP. and due date are listed. Nesting Status by ABM code This report will list each item in the bill of materials. and the weight allocated from stock.0. and delivered weights require that bars be linked to the Mill Rolling schedule. the FabTrol MRP ABM project is completed. the quantity. ABM Snapshot This report summarizes each ABM sequence. This report is used as a reference for finding ABM nesting patterns. Nesting tab ABM codes still to be nested or purchased This report will list any item from the bill of materials that does not reside on an approved cut list or a purchase order. † Mill order. source (stock or purchase order and line number). Here are some reports that are specifically designed for ABM’s. Currently. and sequence is shown. the weight ordered from service centers. the weight ordered from mills†. rolled. For each PO line item. This weight is then contrasted with the weight outstanding to order.

x Quick Study Guide edition: January 2007 .0.22 Materials Management – Quick Study Guide DBM Materials Management Process Link Advanced Bill project to Detailed Job in Project Specifications Review Sequencing in Sequence Assignments Create DBM cut lists into ABM material in the OptiMiser Adjust nestings in Nest Explorer Approve cut lists in Optmiser Create DBM cut lists for non-ABM material in OptiMiser Adjust and approve nestings Create a “Check Me!” nest to look for outstanding items Create purchase orders from the Buy List in PurchaseMate Issue purchase orders in PurchaseMate Confirm delivery dates by Preposting PO’s to stock in PurchaseMate Receive PO items as they arrive in PurchaseMate Verify Cut lists in OptiMiser Print: Expanded Cut List Detailed Job Pull List Give to shop / return when complete Confirm nestings in OptiMiser FabTrol MRP Version: 2.

the Drawing Manager module’s revision checking will compare the import file to your ABM for differences. hyperlink Things to remember about linking ABM’s to DBM’s If you link the ABM project to the DBM before you import your first set of drawings.x Quick Study Guide edition: January 2007 . you must link the two projects in the Project Specifications window: To open this window click: View menu > Project Specs > Related advanced bill no. FabTrol MRP Version: 2.Materials Management – Quick Study Guide 23 Linking Detailed Jobs to Advanced Bill Jobs In order to use the ABM material in your Detailed job.0. It is necessary to link the Advanced bill project to your Detailed job in order to nest your detailed bill of materials to your preliminary purchases.

Select the sequence/lot on the right to move assemblies to. Sequences and lot assignments can be imported from your detail drawings. To manually assign sequences in the Sequence Assignments window.0. do the following: 1. This order of fabrication is determined in FabTrol MRP with sequence assignments. 3. Assemblies are assigned to sequences and lots. To open this window click: Materials menu > Sequence Assignments Sequence Lot An area on the job site that determines the fabrication and erection schedule. Things to remember about sequence assignments Sequence and lot names can be up to ten characters in length. An optional subdivision of a sequence. 2.24 Materials Management – Quick Study Guide Reviewing Sequence Assignments Cut lists in the OptiMiser module are generally created in the order that they will be cut in the shop. Sequences should be assigned prior to creating DBM cut lists.x Quick Study Guide edition: January 2007 . Parts are assigned to Phases (codes). Select the sequence/lot on the left to pull assemblies from. FabTrol MRP Version: 2. Select the assemblies on the left and use the Move buttons to move the assemblies to the right.

if your ABM nestings were filtered by sequence and material shape. For example. This option will allow you to un-nest all parts on a bar and delete a bar instance. To nest DBM items into ABM stock. 4. You may substitute any bar that is the same length or longer as the parts nested into it. Remove Part 6. This option will allow you to un-nest one or more parts within a bar. you will want to nest your Detailed job into your ABM material before you create other cut lists. create new cut lists. 3. 5. Set your stock filter to include (at a minimum): Stock Categories Received On Order Stock Status Reserved for this job Material reserved for the linked ABM job Material assigned to a nesting for the linked ABM job Further limits on stock Type/size/grade combinations from the cut list Use materials on or available before: Set the stock available date to one day before your planned cutting date.x Quick Study Guide edition: January 2007 . then your DBM cut lists should be filtered by sequence and shape. FabTrol MRP Version: 2. In the OptiMiser window.Materials Management – Quick Study Guide 25 Nesting DBM Cut Lists with ABM Material If you have purchased material in an Advanced bill project. This option will allow you to change the bar properties. Adjust your ABM material cut lists in the Nest Explorer window. Set your filters in accordance with the nestings in the ABM project. 2. Do not select purchasable bars in the Optimization Options window. You have the following options: Freeze Bar Remove Bar Substitute Bar This option holds a nesting solution for a bar during a recalculation. Calculate your ABM material nests. Approve your ABM material nestings. do the following: 1.0.

and a multing are synonymous terms in the OptiMiser window.26 Materials Management – Quick Study Guide Creating DBM Cut lists Once you have reviewed your sequence assignments. 3. Remember to set a nest filter and nest name. The nest name should reflect the nest filter. do the following: 1.x Quick Study Guide edition: January 2007 .0. Review the items on the Available Stock tab. 2. you can create DBM cut lists in the OptiMiser window. Review the items on the Purchasable Lengths tab. a cut list. 5. After you set your nest filter. To create a trial nest. Calculate your nesting by clicking the Next >> button on the Calculator tab. FabTrol MRP Version: 2. 4. To open this window click: Materials menu > OptiMiser Things to remember about creating Trial Nests A nesting. review the items on the Parts to Cut tab. Nest filters will generally be by sequence and material type.

FabTrol MRP Version: 2.0.x Quick Study Guide edition: January 2007 . The Print button will print a filtered listing of parts on this nesting. The Status button will show you if like part marks are cut on other nestings. To open this window click: Materials menu > OptiMiser > Parts to Cut tab Things to remember about the Parts to Cut tab You can adjust the nest filter with the Filter button.Materials Management – Quick Study Guide 27 Reviewing the Parts to Cut The Parts to Cut tab will show you the bill of material items that meet the criteria of the Nest filter. The Cut Info button will show you if a part has contours or miters.

and the Available Stock filter.0. FabTrol MRP Version: 2. To open this window click: Materials menu > OptiMiser > Available Stock tab Things to remember about the Available Stock tab If stock items do not match both the Nest filter and the Available Stock filter.x Quick Study Guide edition: January 2007 .28 Materials Management – Quick Study Guide Reviewing Available Stock The Available Stock tab will show you the items in stock that meet the filter conditions of both the Nest filter. When nesting into stock that has a category of On Order. the Use materials on or available before date filter must be adjusted. then a “No Stock matches the filter condition” Alert! window will open: The Stock filter can also be accessed from the Optimization Options window.

Allowances for saw kerf. To open this window click: Materials menu > OptiMiser > Purchasable Lengths tab Things to remember about the Purchasable Lengths tab Every setting on the Purchasable Lengths tab is adjustable by the selected material type and size. FabTrol MRP Version: 2. trim cutting. and clamping are set on the Purchasable Lengths tab.x Quick Study Guide edition: January 2007 . The scrap remnant threshold is set on the Purchasable Lengths tab.0.Materials Management – Quick Study Guide 29 Reviewing Purchasable Lengths The Purchasable Lengths tab is where you specify what material lengths are available from your vendors. Each item must have a unit cost in order to nest.

30 Materials Management – Quick Study Guide Setting and saving lengths in the Purchasable Lengths tab Each material type in FabTrol MRP is assigned a default set of purchasable lengths. FabTrol MRP Version: 2. However. alternate lengths can be saved and filled in the OptiMiser window. These lengths are stored in the Unit Price File.0.x Quick Study Guide edition: January 2007 .

Materials Management – Quick Study Guide 31 Setting Optimization Options and Calculating Nests When you are ready to calculate your nesting. FabTrol MRP Version: 2. click the Next >> button on the Calculator tab. Cut to size nestings are calculated by unselecting both Purchasable bars and Stock items. The stock available date should be set to one day before the cutting date.0. To open this window: Materials menu > OptiMiser > Click Next>> on the Calculator tab Things to remember about setting optimization options Set the planned cutting date according to your project schedule. and selecting Order new material cut to size.x Quick Study Guide edition: January 2007 .

To open this window click: Advanced Options in the Optimization Options window Things to remember about the Advanced Optimization Options window Optimize for waste. The actual value of stock is not affected. FabTrol MRP Version: 2. The Stock valuation is selected by default. then the settings will be copied to subsequent nestings. not cost will set all costs for purchasable lengths to same value. Applying a material handling factor will result in longer bars used over shorter bars. This value setting will only be for calculation purposes only. It ignores the actual value of stock and values stock at 10 cents on the dollar for calculating purposes only.0.x Quick Study Guide edition: January 2007 . Do not use this option if you have entered pricing and lengths from multiple vendors into the Purchasable Lengths tab A Power factor value of six results in the most comparisons between nesting solutions.32 Materials Management – Quick Study Guide Setting Advanced Optimization Options If you adjust Advanced Optimization Options on your first nest.

The Copy to Clipboard button will allow you to copy the contents of the Summary of Nesting Results window into an email.x Quick Study Guide edition: January 2007 . you can review it by clicking Nest Results. To open this window click: Nest Results in the OptiMiser window Things to remember about the Summary of Nesting Results window The Summary of Nesting Results window provides a “bird’s eye view” of a nesting. The percentages are calculated by dividing the total remnant length by the total bar length. FabTrol MRP Version: 2. The remnant length is the total remnant length for all bars.0.Materials Management – Quick Study Guide 33 Reviewing Nestings After you calculate a nesting.

Bar numbers begin at 3 and restart for every material type. This option will allow you to un-nest one or more parts within a bar. Bars are a nesting solution.x . size. This option will allow you to choose a different bar length and / or source. Information about the bar appears in the upper right-hand side of the Nest Explorer window.0. This option will allow you to un-nest all parts on a bar and delete a bar instance. Parts are nested into bars. Nestings may be adjusted in four ways in the Nest Explorer window: Freeze Bar Remove Bar Substitute Bar This option holds a nesting solution for a bar during a recalculation. To open this window click: Nest Explorer button in OptiMiser Things to remember about the Nest Explorer window The Nest Explorer window may be used for cut list adjustments when a nesting is in a trial or approved state. Information about parts nested on each bar appears in the lower right-hand side of the Nest Explorer window. Bars appear in the tree-view (left-hand side) of the Nest Explorer window. Quick Study Guide edition: January 2007 Remove Part FabTrol MRP Version: 2. you can adjust it in the Nest Explorer window. You may substitute any bar that is the same length or longer as the parts nested into it. and grade.34 Materials Management – Quick Study Guide Adjusting Nestings Once you have calculated a nesting.

All of the options in the Nest Explorer window are still available when a nesting has been approved. They are given a status of assigned.x Quick Study Guide edition: January 2007 .Materials Management – Quick Study Guide 35 Approving Nestings When you get a nesting that you are satisfied with. each nesting that is added will show you what items are not on any cut list. Parts from the bill of materials become allocated. the parts on the nesting can not be nested again. FabTrol MRP Version: 2. To open this window. Parts from the bill of materials can not be nested on a different nesting once they reside on an approved cut list. click: Next >> in OptiMiser on a trial nesting Things to remember about approving nestings When you approve a nesting: Stock bars included on the nesting become allocated. Using A “Check Me!” nest to Identify Outstanding Items Every time you approve a cut list. Therefore. To obtain a “CHECK ME!” nest. simply add a new cut list and label it CHECK ME! You can then see the outstanding items on the Parts to Cut tab. Bars to be purchased are placed onto the Buy List. you should approve that nesting.0. Items not residing on a cut list are outstanding and should be identified.

x Quick Study Guide edition: January 2007 . and other material allowances are listed. remnant. After items have been purchased. This report would be faxed off to vendors who would fill in material pricing. FabTrol MRP Version: 2. This means that you can not over purchase items nested through the OptiMiser module. In addition. the purchase order number will appear for the bar in place of the Vendor ID code. Buy list This report will list each item that must be purchased for a cut list.36 Materials Management – Quick Study Guide Reviewing the Buy List One of the great features of FabTrol MRP is the Buy List. and fax the report back to you. They can be found on the Nesting tab of the main Reports window. Reviewing Buy List items There are two reports that are used to review items on the Buy List. the total purchased length. Items on the Buy List can only be placed on a purchase order once.0. stock length. Quotation request form This report will provide a faxable listing of the bars that need to be purchased for each cut list.

0. If you do not add a PO.Materials Management – Quick Study Guide 37 Creating Purchase Orders The next step in the DBM materials management process is to purchase the Buy List on purchase orders.x Quick Study Guide edition: January 2007 . you are editing an existing PO! FabTrol MRP Version: 2. To open this window click: PurchaseMate button in OptiMiser > Add button Things to remember about creating new purchase orders You must add new purchase orders by clicking the Add button on the toolbar.

3. In the window that opens. you can populate the purchase order by filling it from the Buy List. Click the Select Cut Lists button.0.38 Materials Management – Quick Study Guide Filling Purchase Orders from the Buy List After you have added PO and selected a vendor. The Purchase Order Fill Options window will open. Move the nestings to filter on from the left hand side of the list to the right hand side. Click a box to set a filter on the nestings you have just selected. 4. This option will allow you to set a filter on the cut list items placed on to a PO. select the items you wish to filter on. 2. From the Items on Order tab in the PurchaseMate window. 6. To open this window click: PurchaseMate > Items on Order tab > Fill PO Items Things to remember about filling PO items There are two ways to place the items on the OptiMiser Buy List on to a PO. Click Okay to close the window. You will not be allowed to over-purchase items if you use either of these options to fill out your purchase orders: OptiMiser Buy List Multiple Buy Lists This option will allow you to place all items from one or more cut lists on to a PO. Click the Multiple Buy Lists button. To use Multiple Buy Lists. do the following: 1. 5. click Fill PO Items.x Quick Study Guide edition: January 2007 . The Filling a Purchase Order window will open. FabTrol MRP Version: 2. Click the Fill PO button to place the filtered items on the purchase order.

x Quick Study Guide edition: January 2007 . FabTrol MRP Version: 2. Only issued PO’s can be included in the Accounting Export. To open this window click: Print PO in PurchaseMate Things to remember about printing purchase orders The intent of the PO without costs is to provide a document for shipping and receiving personnel. Purchase orders for mills can be printed with a Recap by Type/Size/Length option. The issue box can be found in the upper right hand corner of the Items on Order tab in PurchaseMate.Materials Management – Quick Study Guide 39 Issuing and Printing Purchase Orders Once you have filled out a purchase order and set the pricing. This will “roll up” all like items into a single line.0. you may issue a purchase order number. Things to remember about issuing PO’s You can not prepost or receive PO’s until they have been issued. Printing Purchase Orders PO’s are printed by clicking the Print PO button in the PurchaseMate window. The Print PO button is found on the bottom row of buttons in the window. PO’s printed for multiple jobs can have each job’s items grouped by selecting the List by job number option.

In order to be Preposted. This record in the StockMiser module will have a category of On Order. Things to remember about preposting purchase orders Each preposted item will add a record in the StockMiser module. Navigate to the PO item to receive using the PO Number hyperlink in the PurchaseMate window. do the following: 1.x Quick Study Guide edition: January 2007 .0. the Preposted check box must be checked ( To prepost PO items. Change the Due date for each PO item. FabTrol MRP Version: 2. To open this window click: Prepost button in the PurchaseMate window Uses for Preposting Allows Detailed Job materials to be nested into ABM stock before ABM stock arrives. 2. 4. 3. Click the Prepost PO button. The Prepost a Purchase Order window will open. ). Provides a mechanism for proactive materials management.40 Materials Management – Quick Study Guide Preposting Purchase Orders Preposting purchase orders simply confirms a delivery date for items on a purchase order. The Preposted date will be the stock available date. Select the Preposted checkbox for each item.

Fill in the default receiving fields found below the receiving grid. This allows you to have many receiving records for each PO line item for situations such as: Partial shipments/back orders Multiple heat certification numbers for one PO line item. navigate to the PO to receive. 3. do the following: 1. you should receive the purchase order items. Enter the Quantity and Heat cert number for the receiving record. Using the PO Number hyperlink. To open this window click: PurchaseMate window > Receiving tab Things to remember about receiving purchase order items There is a grid for receiving each purchase order line. “Delivery note” is another way of saying “Vendor’s delivery ticket number” or “Vendor’s bill of lading number. To receive purchase orders.0. Click on the Receiving tab. click the Add button on the toolbar. FabTrol MRP Version: 2. 2. change the quantity on the Items on Order tab. 4.Materials Management – Quick Study Guide 41 Receiving Purchase Order Items When materials arrive. Open the PurchaseMate window by clicking the Materials menu and selecting PurchaseMate. You can not “over-receive” purchase order items.x Quick Study Guide edition: January 2007 . If you wish to accept over-shipments. 6.” 5. To add a receiving record.

42 Materials Management – Quick Study Guide 7.x Quick Study Guide edition: January 2007 . 8. Repeat steps 5 through 9 until your items have been received. FabTrol MRP Version: 2. 10. In the Item # box. Repeat steps 5 through 7 for each heat cert number. select the next PO line item. 9.0. Click Okay.

x Quick Study Guide edition: January 2007 . you will want to verify that all items on the cut list have a stock record. FabTrol MRP Version: 2. stock will be given a status of Committed. To open this window: Select an approved cut list > click Next>> Things to remember about verifying cut lists Wait to verify cut lists until you are ready to give the shop a cut list.0. After you have verified your nesting. When you are ready to release cut lists into the shop.” your remnant options will be deactivated.Materials Management – Quick Study Guide 43 Verifying Cut Lists Everything that has been done up to this point has been in preparation for releasing cut lists to the shop. If you have checked the user preference option to “Wait to post remnants until confirming cuts.

Bars will appear in this section if they have been preposted and not received. Therefore. the OptiMiser module verifies that each bar in the cut list has a currently available stock record.x Quick Study Guide edition: January 2007 . Your cut list will verify with preposted bars. preposted.44 Materials Management – Quick Study Guide Managing Unverified Items When you verify a nesting. The cut list will not finish verification until this section is empty. or if they have been manually allocated in the StockMiser window. unverified items are bars that do not have a currently available stock record. FabTrol MRP Version: 2.0. Bars will appear in this section if they have not been purchased. Bars on Order This is the bottom section of the window. You may remove bars to verify the remainder of the cut list. Print the Call in Report to expedite your outstanding materials. Understanding the OptiMiser Verification window This OptiMiser Verification window has two sections: Bars not Verified This is the top section of the window.

Materials Management – Quick Study Guide 45 Working with the Expanded Cut List After you have verified your cut list. Have your sawyers note if they cut different heat cert numbers than what are specified on the cut list.x Quick Study Guide edition: January 2007 . you will want to print the Expanded Cut List and Pull List for detailed job reports. This allows your sawyer to note a single alteration to a cut list. Have your sawyers measure and write down usable remnants on the cut list. After the Cut List goes out to the shop. To print this report click: Reports button in OptiMiser > Expanded cut list Things to remember about the Expanded Cut List Each instance of a bar is listed on the Expanded Cut List. These reports are located on the Nesting tab of the main Reports window.0. it must return so that you can confirm a nesting as cut. Bars that have been received will be noted in the bar information line with the stock record number. Pre-posted bars (bars on order) will be noted in the bar information line with the purchase order number and vendor. FabTrol MRP Version: 2.

0. you will want to confirm your cut lists.46 Materials Management – Quick Study Guide Confirming Cut Lists After your materials have been cut and the Expanded Cut List returns from the shop. The returned remnant will not be held for any job. FabTrol MRP Version: 2. Note: The scrap rems less than option is set on the Purchasable Lengths tab. The Confirm Selected Bars button has been clicked. Reserve remnants for this job This option will return off-cuts to stock if the length is over the scrap-less than threshold. you have four options for reposting off-cuts: Scrap all remnants This option will not return any remnants to stock. To open this window: Select a verified cut list > click Next>> Things to remember about confirming cut lists Bars are not cut and remnants are not reposted to stock until two events happen: 1.x Quick Study Guide edition: January 2007 . The bar is selected ( ) 2. The returned remnant will be held for the current job. Reserve remnants for linked ABM This option will return off-cuts to stock if the length is over the scrap-less than threshold. When you click Confirm Selected Bars. The returned remnant will be held for the linked ABM job. Save usable remnants as free stock This option will return off-cuts to stock if the length is over the scrap less than threshold.

you will be asked to print a report identifying the problem. Parts from removed bars will appear in the “Check Me!” nesting.0. You may even swap bars with other FabTrol MRP projects. Swap Bar This option will allow you to choose a different bar that is currently in stock. FabTrol MRP Version: 2.Materials Management – Quick Study Guide 47 Adjusting Nestings in the Confirm Cuts window You have two options for adjusting nestings in the Confirm Cuts window: Remove Bar This option will allow you to un-nest all parts on a bar and delete a bar instance. If your swap causes a nesting problem elsewhere. and grade.x Quick Study Guide edition: January 2007 . You may swap any bar that is the same length or longer as the parts nested into it. You will also be given an option to set the status of the bar in stock to either reserved or free stock. Things to remember about swapping bars You may swap bars with any bar in stock that is the same type. size.

Cut items are not deleted. FabTrol MRP Version: 2. A filter can be set to view material by selecting a type from the Mat’l Types box. Received items are entered automatically. To open this window click: Materials menu > StockMiser Things to remember about the StockMiser module: The StockMiser window opens without a filter set.x Quick Study Guide edition: January 2007 .48 Materials Management – Quick Study Guide Managing Stock with the StockMiser module The StockMiser module is where the items in your yard are managed. but change status and become used. Preposted items are available after the due date.0. You must set a filter to view stock items.

If the item is received. the Date available will be the Due date from the PurchaseMate module.0. The stock price is the original purchase price The original heat certification number and purchase order information will be retained as an item is cut and remnants are reposted.x Quick Study Guide edition: January 2007 . then the Date available is the date the remnant was reposted. FabTrol MRP Version: 2. If the item is a remnant that was reposted. Editing. To open this window click: Materials menu > StockMiser > Edit Stock Item tab Things to remember about the Edit Stock Item tab The stock Date available box reflects one of the following: If the item is still on order. the Date available will be the date it was actually received (or manually entered). and Reviewing Stock Items The Edit Stock Item tab is where stock is added. The Date used box will only be populated when a stock item has actually been used. It is also the best place to edit stock items. Adding stock items is done with the Add button on the toolbar.Materials Management – Quick Study Guide 49 Adding.

Used The item no longer exists.x Quick Study Guide edition: January 2007 . it also means that the listed entry is on a cut list report somewhere in your shop. Stock Categories Stock categories reflect whether an item is on hand or not.0. but a delivery date has been confirmed by the merchant. The item has been held for a job. FabTrol MRP Version: 2. It has been cut on a project. The cut list number appears in the Nest Number box. Because a verified cut list ahs been issued to the shop. The item is listed on a verified cut list for a job. Here is a brief synopsis of the stock statuses: Free Reserved Assigned Committed The item is available for use on any job. when an item is committed. the project number it is allocated to will appear in the Reserved for project box. The cut list number appears in the Nest Number box. The item no longer exists. but has no particular assignment to a nesting. Should a stock item have a status other than Free. The item has arrived. The item is listed on an approved cut list for a job. Here is a brief synopsis of the stock categories: On order Received Used The item has not been received. It has been cut on a project.50 Materials Management – Quick Study Guide Stock Status Stock statuses reflect the stage of nested items in a project.

Remnants are reposted by entering a quantity and length. FabTrol MRP Version: 2.0. An example of this would be allocating a missing piece of stock to project “MIA.Materials Management – Quick Study Guide 51 Manually Allocating Items You may manually allocate items in the StockMiser window. To open this window click: Allocate button in the StockMiser window Things to remember about manual allocations The project you allocate a stock item to does not have to be a real project.” If you do not want to use a stock item. select Reserved for this job.x Quick Study Guide edition: January 2007 .

To open this window click: Materials menu > StockMiser > Usage tab Things to remember about the Stock Usage report This report respects the stock filter. Select the method of reporting. Select a detailed or summary report. 3. FabTrol MRP Version: 2.x Quick Study Guide edition: January 2007 . this is either monthly or year-to-date. do the following: 1.52 Materials Management – Quick Study Guide Stock Usage Report To obtain a report of the items used on a project. 5. Set the date range for the report. Typically. Selecting Both will list the net usage for a job. 2. Used materials will print a report for cut materials. Selecting Full lengths will charge full lengths to a job.0. 6. Selecting Remnants will list the items returned to stock for a job. Stock items with a category of On order will not appear on this report. To use the Stock Usage report. Set the stock criteria you want to include. Most often. this is by Job number. Received materials will print a report for stored materials. 4. Select whether you want to view received or used materials. Click the Print button to print the report. click on the Usage tab in the StockMiser window.

relying on the filter set. Some of the more commonly used reports are: Stock list by PO number This report will give you a stock listing sorted by PO number. This report provides a checklist sorted by stock area. Filterable by user. It yields a report telling you all that happened in stock on a specified date.0. you will see the projects that sent inventory to another project. several reports are provided to review stock data. Cross allocation from job This report will give you one way to look at the often asked question. action. it gives the history of all that happened in stock. Because this report respects the stock filter settings. FabTrol MRP Version: 2. it can be used to view inventory that you have or that you expect to have.x Quick Study Guide edition: January 2007 . On this report. or field names. Stock audit trail This report yields another event log. List of changes (specify date) This report is handy for tracking down the event history of stock by date.Materials Management – Quick Study Guide 53 Stock Reports Because the StockMiser module contains such a wealth of information. Cross allocation to job This report will give you another way to answer the aforementioned question. Inventory listing Many companies from time to time perform an actual physical accounting of items in inventory. similar to the List of Changes report. “What stock did I steal from one project to use on another?” This report will give you an accounting of the inventory pulled from other jobs.

0. click Tools. PurchaseMate is also the interface to the stock system.x Quick Study Guide edition: January 2007 . To add ASTM specs. FabTrol MRP Version: 2. It should be noted that items you receive will only appear in the the StockMiser window if the material has been defined in your Unit Price File.54 Materials Management – Quick Study Guide The PurchaseMate module: Integrated Purchasing and More The PurchaseMate module does more than produce purchase orders. then click Add/Change ASTM Specs. It enables you to keep all of a project’s purchases in one place. To open this window click: Materials menu > PurchaseMate Things to remember about the PurchaseMate module Purchase orders can be produced for anything. You can add boilerplate content to your purchase orders with ASTM Specs. point to Options.

each user must have a few preference settings adjusted. Deselecting this option will allow purchase order numbers to run consecutively for all jobs. Here is a brief synopsis of the preference options: Allow multiple job purchase orders Selecting this option will allow you to assign each item on a purchase order a different job number.Materials Management – Quick Study Guide 55 Setting Purchase Order Preferences You will want to take care of a few maintenance tasks before you use FabTrol MRP to produce purchase orders.x Quick Study Guide edition: January 2007 . Each of these items may be edited for individual purchase orders. Suggestions are in parenthesis: Ship via (Vendor Truck) Terms FOB (As Agreed) (Destination) Material test reports required ( ) FabTrol MRP Version: 2. click: Materials menu > PurchaseMate > Defaults tab Fill in the following items to save you some typing when you add purchase orders. Following is a guide to setting up the PurchaseMate module to produce purchase orders.0. These settings are grouped by the tab in which they are set: User preferences > Specific tab To open the user preferences window click: Tools menu > Options > Preferences Numbering schemes Each user must have their preferences set in accordance with your purchase order numbering schemes. PurchaseMate > Defaults tab To open purchase order defaults. Setup Purchasing Preferences To properly use the PurchaseMate module. Deselecting this option will assign only one job to all items on a purchase order Restart PO numbers for each job Selecting this option will force each job to start purchase order numbering at 00001.

respecting the purchasing filter that is set. FabTrol MRP Version: 2. You may also set filters for material types and jobs. will provide an itemized accounting of all materials that have been received by the PurchaseMate module (regardless of whether they were received into stock or not). Summary of POs by job This report provides an accounting and summary of all POs for a given job. At the bottom. Commonly used purchasing reports include: Material received This report.56 Materials Management – Quick Study Guide Purchasing Reports Within the flexibility and power of the PurchaseMate module. Review POs This report will give you a summary of the purchase orders you have issued for a given project. The Call In Report lists only items due in that are on a cut list. Material due in This report is different than the Call In Report in that it lists all items that have not been formally received. along with the description listed in the PO Specs tab of the PurchaseMate window. Summary of POs by vendor This report provides an accounting and summary of all POs for a given vendor. Material list This report provides several ways to list or summarize the items on a purchase order. You will also see the vendor the PO was issued to and the weight and cost for each PO.0.x Quick Study Guide edition: January 2007 . you will see totals for weight and cost. there are a number of useful reports that can be generated to help manage purchase orders.

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