COTS stands for Components Off The Shelf. It is where all non-custom items such as fasteners, fluids, materials, consumables and hardware are handled. COTS items can be added to any BOM on the Part and Work Order modules. COTS may have multiple approved vendors with pricing, lead times, EDP numbers, etc.
The COTS module is tied into WO and Purchasing modules and tracks all incoming orders and outgoing usage of items including economic batch size, safety stock, costs, inventory quantity and value. Full traceability for all COTS items is handled without any extra work by purchasing or manufacturing staff, allowing for certifications to automatically flow into document packages when jobs are shipped.
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