Make-to-Assemble with buffer stock

I have a customer that wants to use a Make-to-Assemble model in NetSuite Lite Manufacturing and Supply Planning. They want to have “sub assemblies” built and ready 7 days before they start assembling the final item.

So if WO 123 has is scheduled to start on 14/06/2023 the components must be in the store on 07/06/2023

I have Supply planning working well enough, but I cannot find a way to program 7 day “buffer”. Any ideas on how I can do this?

Beginner Asked on October 19, 2023 in Manufacturing.
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You should be able to manage this with a combination of lead times – you will also need to set the lead times in the sub assemblies of any assemblies to match the 7 day lead time

Configure supply planning rules to align with the MTA model. For the sub-assemblies, specify the lead time as a safety stock, so NetSuite will make sure you have enough sub-assemblies in stock 7 days before they are needed for the final assembly.

Safety Stock:

  • Set safety stock levels for your sub-assemblies to ensure that you have a buffer in case of unexpected demand fluctuations.
  1. Monitoring and Adjustments:
    • Regularly monitor your inventory levels and work orders in NetSuite. You may need to adjust safety stock levels or replenishment quantities based on actual demand and production performance.
  2. Report Generation:
    • Use NetSuite’s reporting and analytics features to keep track of your manufacturing and supply planning performance. You can generate reports that show sub-assembly and final assembly lead times, inventory levels, and order statuses.

By following these steps, you can implement a Make-to-Assemble model in NetSuite Lite Manufacturing and Supply Planning to ensure that sub-assemblies are built and ready 7 days before the final assembly is scheduled to occur. This allows you to meet your customer’s requirements and maintain efficient production processes.

Beginner Answered on October 23, 2023.
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