Phantom Assemblies

A phantom assembly is typically a non-stocked assembly that groups the components needed to produce a subassembly. For example, compare a phantom assembly to folders on a computer. The folder represents the phantom and the individual files are the components. They are called phantoms because they are not counted as inventory items, but are created to fulfill the requirements of a higher-level assembly.

Phantom assemblies provide the following advantages:

For example, Wolfe Manufacturing can use a phantom wheel assembly to build the wheels as part of the build assembly. With this phantom wheel assembly, Wolfe does not keep certain wheel types in stock. In this example, the phantom could include the following:

Diagram of an example phantom assembly.

After you add a wheel assembly to the work order, you issue the components. Then, the system issues the components that make up that assembly and then adds them to the work order. For more information, see Marking Assemblies to Create Work Orders.

While phantom assemblies are typically used as components in a larger assembly build, they can also be used to create stock items. For example, as part of a warranty claim, a batch of replacement wheels could be manufactured using a phantom assembly.

Related Topics

Assembly Items
Enabling Assembly Items
Assembly Item Records
Assemblies on Purchase Transactions, Web Sites, and Work Orders
Matrix Assemblies
Assemblies and Units of Measure
Building Assembly Items
Unbuild Assembly Items
Marking Work Orders Built
Printing an Item Bill of Materials
Bill of Materials Inquiry
Costed Bill of Materials
Printing Assembly Item Materials on Transactions
Printing Assembly Labels
Running the Component Where Used Inquiry

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