Material Requirements Planning
The Material Requirements Planning (MRP) 'engine' is critical to the success of any manufacturing system implementation. MRP is a very sophisticated calculator - it determines what raw materials are needed and when they should arrive and it develops a detail-manufacturing schedule, which includes finished products and all required sub-assemblies. The KA MRP system accomplishes these tasks quickly and accurately - and provides considerable flexibility and control for the planner to establish parameters and 'tune' the process for optimum performance.

Key benefits of MRP
* Automate the tedious material planning tasks
* Accurately plan material requirements to support the production plan
* Easily develop production schedules
* Partial or fully automated operation
* On-line visibility to sources of requirements

Key features of MRP
* MRP can be driven by the master production schedule (MRP) - or directly by customer
releases and orders
* Utilizes bucketless time-phased requirements planning
* Plans item schedules for repetitive manufactured items
* Plans shop floor work orders for discrete manufactured items
* Accommodates multiple lot sizing techniques with minimum, incremental and maximum lot size control
* Includes a time fence definition to stabilize the material plan
* Accommodates firm planned orders
* Accommodates phantom items within the bill of material
* On-line multi-level bi-directional pegging for full visibility of requirements and supplies
* Available-to-promise visibility
* Planners can work by exception - automatically flag all recommendations as released when created
* Automates the execution of MRP recommendations: creates Shop Floor Control schedules and
purchase orders, PO
* Paperless MRP-no reports required - no re- keying of data required - MRP plan is on-line
* Simulation runs of MRP for what-if analysis
* Accommodates engineering change notification dates as stamped on the bill of material and/or routing
* Filters eliminate recommendations with minor impact
* Net-change reporting