Current Courses

MRP II Fundamentals

The MRP Fundamentals course is a comprehensive training program that provides attendees with a sound grounding in basic Material Requirements Planning mechanics. This course is designed to serve as an ideal ‘back-to-basics’ refresher for professionals who may have previously taken a similar course or for those who need to refresh their knowledge of MRP concepts.

Presented as ‘what life is like in an MRP environment,’ the course offers learners a practical and hands-on experience, showcasing the day-to-day operations and interactions of Material Requirements Planning. This approach enables attendees to develop an in-depth understanding of MRP processes and the key principles that underpin it.

The MRP Fundamentals course is a valuable introduction to the concepts for support staff, and those who require an appreciation of the bigger picture, including the consequences of actions and resultant implications for various supply chain stakeholders. This knowledge is critical for professionals who are responsible for different aspects of the supply chain, including inventory management, production planning, and procurement.

The course content is structured to cover the essential elements of Material Requirements Planning, including bills of materials, inventory management, demand forecasting, production planning, and scheduling. Attendees will also gain an understanding of the importance of lead times, capacity planning, and the MRP process flow.

The MRP Fundamentals course is an excellent opportunity for individuals looking to enhance their knowledge of MRP concepts and improve their understanding of how Material Requirements Planning fits into the broader supply chain landscape. By the end of this course, attendees will have a solid foundation in MRP mechanics and be equipped with the tools they need to contribute to the success of their organisations’ supply chain operations.

MRP Fundamentals Course Includes:

  • Definitions and evolution of MRP, MRPII, DRP, ERP
  • The position in the Total Manufacturing Systems model
  • Inputs and Outputs
  • The MPS (Master Production Schedule) including sources of input (Sales orders, Forecasts etc)
  • Capacity Requirements Planning (CRP) discussed including work centre loading reports
  • Dependent Demand and Independent Demand items
  • When is MRP appropriate
  • Pegging explained
  • BOM explosions
  • Time Fences
  • Planning Horizons
  • Lead-time offsets
  • Criteria for success
  • Data housekeeping
  • Reasons for schedule jerks
  • Types of Lot sizing
  • An introduction to TPOP (Time Phased Order Point) grids
  • Case study exercise
  • Quiz to test understanding (optional)