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Using Item Model Groups in AX 2012 R3

  • 1.  Using Item Model Groups in AX 2012 R3

    Posted Jun 06, 2019 10:15 AM
    Is anyone using different item model groups in AX 2012 R3 for the various type of products they maintain?  For example, Stock items, Non-Stock items, Expense items, etc.  We maintain inventory for maintenance and operations requirements, but also need the ability to purchase and use non-stock ​items against our work orders.  We also have some items that were previously purchased as expensed, but we now want to put them into inventory with a zero value.  Currently, we only have inventory items set up in AX, but need to set up these other product types as we have little control of them now.  We do have a base set up for a non-stock item; however, don't know if it is set up correctly / completely.
    If you are successfully using various product types and can provide assistance, it would be most appreciated.

    Noreen Cervo
    Manager, Contracts
    Edmonton Airports
    Edmonton AB

  • 2.  RE: Using Item Model Groups in AX 2012 R3

    Posted Jun 06, 2019 03:19 PM
    Hi Noreen,

    We do use a combination of Product Type, Item Model Groups and Item Groups for our inventoried and non-inventoried item numbers. I don't know if we have the most successful implementation but it is working for us.
    We use Product type to determine if it is a "Item" (physical) or a "Service" (virtual or expense) and then Item Model Groups for determining how an item is inventoried (or not) and then use Item Groups to breakdown the posting profile for each type of item. If you want to see how we have it setup and ask us any questions, then we can definitely set something up. I am by no means an expert, or even fully confident in our setup; but I'll answer any questions you may have.


    Jason Beck
    Director of Information Solutions
    B.G.E. Service & Supply
    Edmonton AB

  • 3.  RE: Using Item Model Groups in AX 2012 R3

    Posted Jun 07, 2019 11:51 AM
    Hi Noreen and Jason,
    Almost all AX and D365 implementations require different Item model groups if you have inventoried items. This field plus others like the Product type have a direct impact on how that SKU can be used.

    For example, the Item model group has the flag for if an item is stocked or not. The Product type dictates if the item is a service or an item. In some cases, you have services that need to be on a Bill of materials to cater for PO creation on subcontract charges in which case you need a unique setup of an Item model group where the "Stocked product" flag is checked and a Product type of "service." This ensures you can have a service item on a BOM without tracking it in inventory because it's just a charge and not an actual item.

    Andrew Lencsak
    Solution Architect
    DXC Technology

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