I'm going to have to change the name of my tip to 'GPTip4themonth' if I don't get back on the ball here with the tip frequency.
This tip is for all my manufacturing friends out there. Having spent 20-some years in the manufacturing world, I thought I might be giving short shrift to my roots by seldom providing a tip on using GP Manufacturing, so here, I try to rectify that a bit.
In Manufacturing Setup, in the Scheduling Preferences window, one of the choices you need to make is whether to use Forward or Backward Infinite to schedule your manufacuring orders.
Manufacturing>Setup>MO Schedule Preferences
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What's the difference between the two methods? Forward Infinite uses an order release date that you provide and schedules MO activity forward from that date. Backward Infinite uses an MO due date that you provide and schedules MO activity and the planned MO release date backward from the due date. The Infinite part of the setting means GP assumes your capacity resources are infinite as opposed to finite. In a finite environment, the system would take into account resource constraints when planning MOs.