The discontinued item functionality provides the ability of steering the removal of old items/assembly units and their replacement by new components. Standard functionality in Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central regulates the trigger of new items in manufacturing using a validity date in the production BOM. COSMO Discrete Manufacturing offers an alternative method of handling discontinued items since a concrete date is not used (because of the depletion of remainder of stock, deadline shift, and so on).
On the Item Card, a part is defined as a discontinued item and one or more replacement items are assigned. A replacement date is entered, which indicates the earliest from which an exchange is possible.
A check for components marked as discontinued items is done when the status of a production order is changed to Released. You can check the inventory status of the discontinued item and the substitute item and then decide if you want to replace the discontinued item.
On the Item Card, a discontinued item is defined by the Discontinued Items, Replacement possible from, and Substitutes Exist fields.
If the Discontinued Item toggle is turned on, a check is done to determine whether the items can be exchanged after the release of a production order or not. This toggle can only be turned on if an item substitution is assigned already. It is possible to enter a date starting from when this item is to be considered as discontinued (see the Replacement possible from field).
The date is checked against the work date, not the document date.
When the toggle is turned on, the Item Navigate page is opened automatically. This page is comparable to the standard Find entries page except this page searches for an item in all COSMO Discrete Manufacturing tables. If this item is used as a component in a production order and the status is changing to Released, then the Discontinued Components page opens.
The Discontinued Components page displays all components on this production order that are defined as discontinued items. Further information about the component is available on the different menu buttons, such as item availability. To replace a discontinued item with a substitution, choose Line > Select Item Substitution on the Related menu. A list of the assigned substitutes for the item opens. Select an item and choose the OK button to confirm the change and return to the Discontinued Components page. By choosing the OK button, the status change is carried out and the discontinued item is exchanged by the substitute.
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