Computation Section
Materials Requirement Planning
 -MRP Formulas
The yellow areas of the MRP worksheets contain Excel formulas. These formulas are constructed by the MRP add-in. Although the formulas can be viewed directly on the worksheet through the Formula toolbar, it is hard to interpret them in mathematical form. This page provides a mathematical basis to the computations.


The Gross Requirements


The computations for a given part are driven by the Gross Requirements for the part. When a part is represented in the master production schedule, the gross requirements for the part are the values entered as the independent demand for that part. This is illustrated in the figure below for P-400. The Link Parts command places formulas in the gross requirements row of P-400, row 10 in the figure, that reference the cells giving the independent demands for P-400. For example the cells in row 10 all have the formula:


The reference is to the independent demand in row 5.


Some parts are mentioned in the Bills of Material (BOM) of other parts. In this case the formulas that define the gross requirements are more complicated because they depend on the BOM entries of one or more parts. A given part may have independent demand and also be in the BOM's of one or more other parts. Part PP is included as the BOM of P-400. The formula in the yellow cells of row 40 is


Before the multiplication symbol, *, the formula references the BOM of P-400. After the multiplication symbol, the formula references the planned order releases of P-400. The demand for a component depends on the planned order releases of the part. In general the formula may references several parts and be quite complex.


Formulas for the Parts


Given the gross requirements, scheduled receipts, and the initial on hand inventory, all the other entries on a part form are computed with mathematical formulas. We adopt the following notation for the part quantities. For this section we are assuming a fixed lot size.

To illustrate we use the P-400 part with the fixed order quantity (FOQ) lot method. Whenever the inventory would otherwise become negative, this policy requires the receipt of a fixed lot size. In the example, the lot size is fixed at 300. The initial on hand inventory is 130. A delivery of a lot of 300 is scheduled for time 2. The order for this lot was placed prior to the beginning of this time horizon. Note that the lead time is 2. The lot size, on hand inventory, scheduled receipts, and lead time are all entered on white cells indicating that these entries are data.

  Indices on the quantities range from 1 to T, the time horizon. The time horizon is 12 for the example. In some cases the index of 0 indicates the initial value.
Rows of the Part Form
  Quantity Explanation
Gross Requirements For this discussion of the part formulas, the gross requirements are given. For the example, the gross requirements are specified as data in row 5.
Scheduled Receipts The numbers in this row are quantities not scheduled on this form. The numbers in this row are data.
Projected on-Hand

The initial value is a given, but the remaining values are computed with the formula:

Net Requirements

The requirements that cannot be met with projected on-hand or scheduled receipts are the net requirements. These must be satisfied from production during the time horizon.

Planned Order Receipts

These are computed based on the net requirements and the lot sizing method. The example uses a fixed order quantity of 300. If the inventory at time t - 1, plus the scheduled receipts at time t, less the demand at time t, is negative, an order is planned to be received at time t. The order is the specified lot size unless the lot size cannot meet the demand. If the fixed lot size cannot satisfy the net requirements, the order is the net requirements less amount on hand. This order size assures that the inventory will never go below zero.

Planned Order Releases

If an order is to be received at some time, the order must be placed L periods earlier. This is accomplished by setting the planned order release equal to the planned order receipt L periods later. The top condition requires that the time of receipt must fall within the time horizon.

Inventory on Hand

The inventory on-hand is the previous inventory, plus planned receipts, plus scheduled receipts, minus demand.

Work in Process

This work-in-process is the number of units released to production, but not yet received.

The column at the right of each part data computes averages over the time horizon.
Quantity Explanation
Demand Rate The average demand per period over the time horizon.
Setup Cost The cost for a production run for a manufactured part or an order for a purchased part. This is data.
Holding Cost This is the cost of holding one unit for one period. It is computed by multiplying the Unit Cost by the Interest Rate.
Average WIP and OH This is the average over the time horizon of the number of units in production and in inventory.
Average Setup This the average number of setups per period.
Inventory Cost This is a measure of effectiveness for the scheduling policy. It adds the cost of holding WIP and inventory and the cost of setups. An optimum policy would minimize this value.
EOQ Economic Order Quantity. This is the optimum lot size based on the averages over the time horizon. It is computed with the standard EOQ formulas.
EOP Economic Order Period. This is the optimum period between orders assuming demand is continuous over the time horizon and the EOQ is used.
  The MRP worksheet uses only native Excel formulas. The add-in constructs the worksheet and inserts all the required formulas.
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Operations Management / Industrial Engineering
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