In this lesson we will cover the method of a “Plan For Every Part”. This is a term that we use for a comprehensive database, that captures in a single place everything you need to know about a material item. Formal manufacturing systems, like SAP, do capture much of this information, but usually not in one place. A user is required to jump around to a variety of database tables and screens to get a complete picture of an item. In this case, the PFEP pulls it all together for ease of maintenance, analysis, and viewing.
We will start with a basic definition of what is meant by the term “Plan For Every Part”, so there’s no confusion about what we’re discussing. You will need to decide where this information will reside electronically: in a spreadsheet or in a more formal database.
Next we’ll review some of the data elements that you’ll want to include in your PFEP. The data elements fall into logical groupings, and we’ll walk through these categories one-by-one.
We will show you a sample PFEP database, similar to one that you will be using in the future.
Finally, we’ll discuss how to maintain the integrity of your PFEP data, especially if you’re maintaining this information in a spreadsheet format. A PFEP Manager is a necessary, and maybe new, responsibility.