Explode a Work Order (single warehouse)

If you've built an Assembly via the Work Order Process and you would like to disassemble the Assembly in order to return the component parts back to stock, you can use the Explode a Work Order feature (new as of AV 2012.0.3.5.)

Note: This article assumes that you already have created and posted a Work Order.

1. Set up the Exploded Work Order Balancing Account

  1. Navigate to Administration ➤ System Setup and select Inventory & Marketing from the drop-down list.
  2. Enter a GL Account in the Explode WO Balancing field.
  • Note: In most cases the Exploded WO Balancing Account will be the same as the Work Order Pass Through Account. Check with your accountant to be sure this is the case for you.
  • This GL Account should theoretically carry no balance it will be both debited and credited when a Work Order Assembly is exploded.

Click OK to save.

2. Explode the Work Order

  1. Go to the Inventory ➤ Work Order window.
  2. Highlight a Posted Work Order that you want to explode.
  3. Go to the Action Menu and select Explode Work Order.
Explode the Work Order

2.1. How many units to explode?

For each Explosion you can only explode the lesser of the Quantity Remaining [in the Lot] or the Quantity that was built with the Work Order.

If there was only 1 Assembly built with the original Work Order then you won't see this dialog.

How many units to explode?

2.2. Are you sure you want to explode...?

Are you sure you want to explode...?

2.3. Enter a Post to Date.

Enter a Post to Date.

3. The exploded Work Order.

The Exploded Work Order should look similar to this one. Note the negative Quantity and Totals as well as the Memo that references the original Work Order.

Error messages you may see...

You will see this message if you highlight multiple Work Orders when you click the Action Menu item Explode a Work Order.

Error messages you may see...

You will see this message if the items built with the original Work Order are no longer in stock.