As requested, I’m moving this discussion into its own topic.
Original suggestion: When adding a new Production Order, it should be possible to select an existing Inventory Kit instead of only being able to manually enter a new BOM from scratch.
Several responses were:
I’m not convinced that separate tools are needed here, nor that Inventory Kits should be limited to their current intended use only. For all intents and purposes, an Inventory Kit is just a predefined Bill of Materials.
In fact, the word “kit” is often used to refer to a physical collection of individual components that will be assembled in-house. These components are in inventory, so the name Inventory Kit is already appropriate for this purpose.
- You create a new Production Order.
- You select an existing Inventory Kit representing the BOM for one produced item.
- You input the quantity of final items to be produced.
- Each used component quantity is automatically multiplied.
To me, this represents an elegant solution because:
- It’s simple
- It eliminates repetitious manual entry, thereby reducing the likelihood of error
- Inventory Kits already exist as an implemented feature
I realize that Production Orders can be cloned, but I think this suggestion has merit nonetheless, in particular due to the automation benefits that follow from #4 above.