We have assemblies, typically circuit boards, which we (nearly) always outsource for manufacturing. The BOMs for these assemblies are fully populated in our system, but most of the components will be supplied by the outsource vendor. However, there are low-supply components that we keep in inventory, due to lead-times or lack of alternates. These components are consigned to the outsource vendor when we need the circuit boards made. These low-supply components can be tracked in MRP with reorder point settings.
There is an advantage to having the BOMs in Cetec, but when we run MRP, or add recursive bom forecasts, all the subcomponents of the circuit boards show up in MRP. Is there a way we can set the circuit board assembly as a ‘buy’ item, so MRP will ignore the subcomponents?
Please note our circuit boards themselves are subcomponents of other assemblies, and may be 2-3 BOM layers from the top-level component for which we setup the forecasting.