This question is about assigning unique serial numbers to a manufactured product and all it's main components and how to track these serial numbers during the life cycle of the product.
The serial numbers of components need to be tracked from goods receipt, into the warehouse, in production, shipping to the customer and eventual return of the product for possible reclamation.
When manufacturing a batch (say of 50 PC's), how can I manually force the association of each PC Assembly with it's components (e.g. Motherboards, graphic cards, etc.?) and the respective unique serial numbers of each component? -e.g A PC Assembly - has a serial number XD234567 and has components Mother Board - serial number MB23423 and Graphics Card - serial number GC53454. The assembled product and it's components need to visible in the production, warehouse, shipping stages too.
How can I track (upstream & downstream) the assembled PC's serial number and also all components (with serial numbers) in it's BoM ? (this use to work better in version 6.1)
If a component (e.g. motherboard) is returned, how is it possible to track which Assembly it came from and which manufacturing order it's related to and any details of sales order, customer, etc.?
How could I swap one component with another after the product is assembled.
How is it possible to force unique serial numbers. i.e. it shouldn't be possible to allocate unique serial numbers to 2 products
Has anyone got ideas how best to support this manufacturing Scenario in Openerp 7.0 and whether there are any additional modules that need to be installed to achieve this functionality?
Thanks for any ideas - work-a-rounds - sharing of modules