I am looking to setup ERPNext for textile printing, and I have a questions about how to best represent our manufacturing process.
Each printing job is defined by:
- Print length (any metre length ranging from 1 to 5000 metres).
- Material (Linen, or Wallpaper)
- Design (a label for the digital artwork used)
- Colourway (a label defining the set of colours to use in the print)
I’ve identified a few possible ways of representing this, but none of them quite fit perfectly. Any advice would be much appreciated!
Create item variants based on ‘design’ and ‘colourway’. The main problem with this is that there are many thousands of designs and colourways, and the list is constantly growing. It seems inefficient to have thousands of items which vary only based on some configuration like design/colourway, particularly because those item variants use the same physical print material.
Add each ‘design’ and ‘colourway’ as its own item, to be included in manufacturing but not tracking stock (since these are not real objects, they are essentially ‘configurations’ on a print job). My main concerns about this are:
- (I think?) I would have to create a new BOM for every specific print job. This seems inefficient since every print job uses the same physical material (linen or wallpaper), and only varies based on the print ‘configuration’ (design, colourway).
- It’s unclear how to group together the design and colourway within quotes/invoices. e.g. suppose a customer wanted to print two separate designs. The invoice would just show all of the designs/colourways in one big list and it wouldn’t be clear which colourway is paired with which design.
- Create custom ‘Design’ and ‘Colourway’ fields in Lead/Quotation/Sales Order/Invoice items tables, which links to new Design and Colourway DocTypes. My concerns about this are:
- It assumes that all items within a quote/invoice would have a design or colourway. We also sell other items which do not have a design or colourway.
- I’m not sure how this design/colourway configuration would be conveyed in the Work Order so that the printers can see what design/colourway should be used in manufacturing.
If anyone has any alternative suggestions I would appreciate any input! Thank you very much!