Adding Miscellaneous Costs and Labor Costs to a Batch

Labor and other miscellaneous costs are added to the cost of the Finished Goods using inventory items that are classified as "Service" or "No Count".

Labor Costs

These costs are applied to a manufacturing batch using predetermined labor cost rates that are entered into an inventory service item.

Job costing is an optional EBMS module that can be affective in a manufacturing environment. Review Job Costing > Overview for more details on posting actual labor costs to a manufacturing job or batch.

An existing labor inventory item that is used to invoice hourly labor costs can also be used to add labor to a manufacturing batch. Complete the following steps to create a new inventory item classified as Service.

  1. Create an item classified as Service with a proper description as shown below:

    Review Using Product Codes for No Count Items > Service Items for more details about creating new inventory items classified as "service".
  2. Associate a task to the service code to manage the labor using a task or MyTime by completing the following steps:

    1. Enter the number of Hours per unit.  This value should equal the number one (1) unless the quantity of this service code does not equal the number of hours.   

    2. Set the Task Type.  Review [Labor] Getting Started > Creating Task Types and Defaults for details on creating and using task types.

    3. Enable the Enter task for this item option on the general tab.  The previous Hours per unity and Task Type settings have no effect if this option is disabled.  
      Review [Labor] Tasks > Creating Tasks > Attaching a Task to a Service Item for more instructions on these settings.

  3. Click on the Pricing tab of the new service item and enter the hourly labor cost into the Cost entry.

  4. Click on the Count tab to create multiple units of measure options. This allows the user to use other labor units of measure such as hr – hours, min – minutes, and/or day – for days. Complete instructions below:  

  5. Enter hr into the Main Unit entry field.

  6. Click on the New button to open the new Unit of Measure dialog and enter the following information:

    1. Enter min in the Unit of Measure entry.

    2. Set the multiplier option to smaller.

    3. Enter There are 60 min in each hr value.

    4. Click the OK button to save and repeat for any additional user of measure settings. Review the Tracking Counts > Unit of Measure > Unit of Measure Overview section for more details on inventory unit of measure settings.

  7. Click on the Advanced tab of the labor inventory item.

  8. The Sales general ledger account can be ignored if this item is not sold.

  9. Set the Purchase G/L accounts. The inventory debit transaction created for the labor item consists of the Inventory Variance general ledger code and the last 3 digits of the Purchase G/L code. 

  10. The This service product is a subcontract labor.. option must be selected if labor is being added to a batch.   Continue with the next section for more details. 

Subcontractor Costs

All labor added to a manufacturing batch must be configured as subcontractor labor.  Any internal labor added to a manufacturing batch must be configured using the same steps as subcontractor labor.  

  1. Create a product code for subcontractor labor.   Product codes for Subcontractor labor should be separate from codes used to bill internal labor. 

  2. Set the Classification as Service if the labor is billed by the subcontractor in hours.   

    Review Product Catalog > Using Product Codes for Non-Inventory Items > Service codes for instructions on creating labor codes. 

  3. Enter the subcontractor labor COGS financial account.    

  4. Set the This service product is a subcontractor option for subcontractor labor that is billed using an expense invoice.   

  5. Enter the credit manufacturing labor (MFGCost Offset account.  Review [Financials] Transactions > Credit Offset Transactions for more details on this account. 

  6. Set the expected cost of the subcontractor labor within the Pricing tab.   Review [Inventory] Product Pricing for more information on the cost setting. 

  7. Insert the subcontactor codes into the Consumed list within the manufacturing batch.  

  8. Note that items classified as service must be set as subcontract labor to be added to a manufacturing batch since credit offset transactions are required.  Review [Financials] Transactions > Credit Offset Transactions for more offset transaction details. 

Other Costs

Other No Count items can be added to a manufacturing batch such as equipment, overhead, and other non-inventory costs.  Use inventory products IDs classified as No Count within the consumed item list to increase the total finished goods value.  Use the steps listed above for subcontract labor.  Review [Financials] Transactions > Credit Offset Transactions for transaction details for non-inventory consumed items. 

Fixed Costs

Review Creating Items with a Fixed Cost for more instructions about a manufactured item with a fixed cost.