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How to use the “Work In Process” (WIP) Inventory?
How to use the “Work In Process” (WIP) Inventory?
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Written by Gonçalo Fortes
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The "Work in Process" (WIP) Inventory is a quick and visual way to know what the inventory in production at the current moment is.

1. Go to the “WIP Inventory”, placed under “Inventory” submenu of Autodesk Prodsmart, or just press this link.

There you can see automatically generated charts comprising the quantities of the Ordered Product throughout all the non-stored Production Orders, the quantity of Product which can be produced with Staged Material and the quantity of Production that has already moved through every Operation. The Ordered Product are marked in dark green, intermediate operations in dark blue, the final operation – which might pinpoint the quantity of finished product – is marked in green and the Inventory for the product is marked in Brown.

2. Use the table filters to to refine your search. You can filter by the product you need more information, and add all the operations to the products in the WIP.

3. Choose the preferred view: Chart or Table


How to interpret the chart?

As an example we have the Production order 'PO01' with a quantity ordered of 200 units of the product with the code 'WIP Product' that has 4 operations, and 3 were already performed/worked on as it can be seen in the image above by the Production records:

OP1 - quantity 100 produced

OP2 - quantity 0 produced

OP3 - quantity 55 produced

OP4 - quantity 22 produced (final operation)

So now lets take a quick check on what's the inventory in production at the current moment:

As can be seen in the image above for this production, 200 units of 'WIP Product' were ordered as a Production Order - PO01, for which there was no Material staged, this is noted in the in the first 2 bars.

The first operation bar 'OP1' shows, in dark blue, 45 units which is the difference between the number of produced units in the first operation minus the maximum quantity produced within its following operations.

  • 100-Max(OP2:OP4) = 45, where Max(OP2:OP4) = 55

In the same line of though as before, the third operation bar 'OP3' shows the quantity of 33 that is the quantity produced on the third operation minus the quantity produced in the fourth operation, which is the last one. So it's still the maximum quantity produced within its following operations, but in this case there was only one operation.

  • 55-OP4 = 33, where OP4 = 22

In green it's presented the quantity produced in the last operation 'OP4' that generated the last bar - inventory - also with 22 units.

Nevertheless the best example is your own production! I’m sure that when you are be able to look at such charts with your Products and Operations you will immediately understand it and grasp the serviceableness of this functionality.

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