It’s time for a little visit from the grim repair.
No matter how grim it may look at first, this part may be repaired with a little help from the Manufacture Order module in Fishbowl Manufacturing. Let’s go through the whole process, step by step.
In the Manufacture Order module, click the New button at the top to create a new manufacture order. Change the type to “Repair” and then click the green plus sign on the top right of the work order window. This will bring up a wizard. Select the “Repair” work order and click Next. Then choose a part from a dropdown menu that you want to repair. Add a quantity for the part and then type a description of the custom bill of materials. Schedule the date and time you want the work order to begin being fulfilled and then click Finish.
Materials and Issues
You’ll see the work order pop up on the screen once the wizard closes. If you’d like to add other things to the work order, you can click the Materials tab up top and click the green plus sign to add other parts and tasks to be completed as part of the repair job.
Once that’s all done, click the Issue button next to the New button at the top of the interface. Then you can click the Start button on the right of the work order to begin working on it. Add a start date and even assign users to it, if you like. Then you can print a Work Order Traveler and/or Pick Report to help you get everything you need to make the repair.
There are two ways to pick the items for a work order:
1. Click the To Pick button on the right to go to the Picking module.
2. Click the Finish button to open a wizard.
I prefer the second option, but you’re perfectly free to do the first as well. They both get the job done. In the Finish Work Order wizard, you’ll just need to click on each item and select a pick location and destination. Then commit or finish the pick by clicking the appropriate button and selecting an item by its serial number.
After that, click Next and you’ll be asked to select the number of raw materials and services to consume in the repair process. Then specify the location, unit and total costs, and tracking information for each item used in the work order. Modify the date started and finished, if you like, and click Next.
The last thing you’ll be asked to do is to print one last Pick Report. And then you just have to click Finish. The manufacture order’s status will change to “Fulfilled” and its key details will be relegated to unalterable history.
Of course, clicking a few buttons doesn’t actually pick the item and repair it. You’ll still have to physically go through your warehouse and do the work to get the damaged item functioning properly again. It’s just nice to have a system in place that records everything you do during that process and then shows you how much it costs in the end.
When all is said and done, you’ll be left with a repaired item. And you’ll be able to cry, “It’s alive! It’s alive!” This grim repair has claimed another victory while the grim reaper has been kept at bay with the help of Fishbowl Manufacturing.
Robert Lockard is a copywriter with Fishbowl. He writes for several blogs about inventory management, manufacturing, QuickBooks, and small business. Fishbowl is the #1-requested manufacturing and warehouse management software for QuickBooks users. Robert enjoys running, reading, writing, spending time with his wife and children, and watching movies.