The Feature/Option Configuration File Maintenance application enables the user to maintain the Feature/Option Configuration File. This application allows the user to design a "modular" bill of material, that is, a bill that offers the user a choice of components when configuring a parent item. This facilitates the customization of a product according to individual customer's specifications. For example, when using COP Order Entry to order a personal computer for a customer, the user has instant access to price, cost, and quantity available information for all available monitors, keyboards, memory boards, etc. In addition to COP Order Entry, the feature/option configurations developed in this application are utilized by the Feature/Option Configuration Inquiry and Production Order Entry applications in BOMP.
A feature item is the parent item of a modular bill of material. A Feature Item must be designated as such in the I/M Item File (field #73), and may not be either a parent or component in the Product Structure File.
Feature Numbers And Descriptions
After defining a feature item, which will have component options, assigned to it, the user will be prompted to enter a Feature Number and Description. These codes will represent a group of specific options available to the configuration.
Some components are necessary for a parent item to be built (such as a CPU for a personal computer). Other components (such as a mouse) are not critical to the operation of the parent item but may be desired by some customers. This application enables the user to decide whether each Feature Number is required or elective. If a feature number is designated as "required", the person performing production order entry or inquiry must choose an Option from the list provided. If there is only one option for a requited feature number, it will be selected automatically during ordering. If a feature number is designated as "Optional" (elective), the person entering may elect not to choose any item from the option list.
It is recommended that required features are the first to be entered when designing this structure.
An option item is one of a group of similar components organized under a feature number. One of these options may be selected during the configuration of a feature item.
After defining a Feature Number, the user will be prompted to enter an Option Number followed by an Option Item Number. An option number is similar to a feature number in that it is only used to keep track of an item's position in the feature/option structure.
The Option Item Number entered should be the Inventory Item number of the component the user wishes to include as an option. An option item may be a parent or component in a product structure but may not be designated as a feature or kit item in the Inventory Item File (field #73). Once the Option Item Number is entered, the Option Item's description and unit price will be displayed automatically. The user will then be prompted to enter the quantity of option items required per feature item.
Options should be entered and maintained in a descending frequency of expected usage (ie. the most commonly used options should be entered first). This will speed the order entry process for feature items.
Select Feature/Option Configuration File from the pull down BOMP Maintenance window. The following screen will be displayed:
Feature/Option Configuration File Entry Screen
The following options are available:
* Select the desired mode from the Feature/Option Configuration File menu bar.
* Enter the data requested on the screen.
To return to the menu bar, press the ESC or F10 key. To leave this application, press X for EXIT when positioned at the menu bar.
Entry Field Descriptions
Product Features Window