IT Convergence Began December with its webcast “Do Magic with Oracle R12 Manufacturing” which focused on R12 Manufacturing’s new features.
The host was Dan Natchek, a expert who worked for Oracle for over 17 years, and literally wrote the book on Oracle Manufacturing, as he was the co-author of Oracle E-Business Suite: Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management which, while it was on Oracle 11i, remains required reading for legions of Oracle consultants.
As promised during the webcast, we’re happy to provide a transcript of the Q&A session which followed “Do Magic with Oracle R12 Manufacturing.”
You’ve mentioned that there are a lot of new capabilities with the new Oracle MES. Can you give us a quick summary of some more of them?
- Sure. You can control whether you can “skip” operations and require that each operation be performed in sequence; you can control whether the workstation is used in single-user mode or shared; that means that if you do charge actual time, the workstation can derive the employee from the signon, instead of having the enter your badge for each transaction.
I don’t think I emphasized it, but right on the dispatch list you can perform express transactions, and you can perform two transactions at once, for example move part of the quantity and scrap or reject a portion.
If you don’t need to calculate actual time, there is an option called Job On/Job Off; this lets your supervisor and co-workers know that you’re working on the job.
And I think I’ve mentioned the ability to formally expedite (and also UnExpedite) jobs.
Can I use the component yield factor selectively?
- For example, on some production lines I don’t want to inflate the backflush quantities, but I do want that behavior for other lines.
The parameter is set at the Organization level, so that’s the only selection ability you have. If your lines are in different organizations, you can do what you want, but within an organization, you’d have to decide which option is more useful, and use manual adjustments as needed.
Can I use the Quality Audit capability in Release 11?
- I don’t think Oracle has any plans to backport the templates … correct me if I’m wrong … but it’s all pretty standard Parent/Child quality collection plans, so you could duplicate the functionality in Release 11 if you want. I don’t know if I mentioned it, but the quality audit functionality was developed by one or more of Oracle’s customers who suggested that Oracle include it in R12.
You didn’t mention the merging of the Discrete and Process Inventory models; I thought that was a big enhancement in R12?
- You’re right, that is a big enhancement, but my area of expertise is really discrete manufacturing, and in my opinion, the Inventory Model Convergence benefits mostly Process manufacturers … they can use the cycle counting and physical inventory capabilities, for example.
The one enhancement that I was looking forward to, the Dual Unit of Measure capability, can’t be used with items that have or are used in Bills of Material, so that really limits the usefulness of that feature for Discrete Manufacturing organizations.
Anyone who missed the Dan’s webcast will get multiple chances to take advantage of Dan’s expertise. Dan will be doing another webcast in February, titled “Oracle ERP 101 for Manufacturing Organizations.” You can register for that webcast by clicking here.
Dan will also be teaching several courses on Oracle Manufacture through the Oracle Applications Workshops sponsored by IT Convergence and the OAUG.
In March Dan will lead the workshops on Oracle MES. The first two days will focus on the setting up Oracle MES, and the second two days will focus on using the Oracle MES Workstation. Oracle MES Setup and Oracle MES Workstation can be taken as individual workshops or together.