We have two assemblies - one assembled in-house as a regular manufactured part to be used in the final assembled system. The other is the same part, assembled from the same sub-components, but obtained from a sub-contract supplier. The subcontracted part is an alternate for the primary assembly part in cases where outside labor is needed. These are currently set up as a manufactured part and a purchased part, respectively. We see that PO suggestions does not suggest purchasing the subcontract version when stock is low for the primary or the alternate.
We are trying to re-think the nature of the two parts. My hunch is that we should make the alternate assembly a straight purchased part and not as a subcontract operation on a job. I do not believe they are sending the subcomponents out to the supplier to assemble but rather having them secure the components themselves and “sell” the finished alternative part. This would allow PO Suggestions to deal with it.
Any thoughts on handling this alternative part scenario?