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This is an old revision of FixedAssets made by PhilDaintree on 2010-11-15 20:57:39.


Fixed Asset Module Development Specification

A fixed asset module has been committed in the webERP svn repository for some time. However, I recently tried to use it and found:

On investigation of some of the scripts it seems that this fixed asset register is implemented as a hack on the stock scripts. The scripts have not even been modified to use sensible variable names and the assets are treated as normal stock items belonging to a stock category that is of a Fixed Asset type. I have started reworking the scripts to use sensible variable names that more logically fit what is happening.

In some respects I can see the logic of doing this, but the accountant in me cannot accept the mixing of fixed assets and stock in this way. I would prefer to have separate tables for assets rather than further complicate every stock script. The KISS principle has been ignored in this implementation of fixed assets.

Fixed Asset Integration Points

One way to separate the fixed assets currently in the stock tables is to allow transfers between fixed assets and stocks and do the necessary accounting. Disposal at current NBV and inclusion in stock at NBV cost value.

Similarly, manufactured items can be capitalised by transferring to either an existing asset or creating a new asset.

When assets are sold they can be transferred from fixed assets to stock items and when manufactured items are capitalised as fixed assets, stock items can be transferred to fixed assets.

Are there any other drivers for having fixed assets included inside the stockmaster that I am not seeing??

When fixed assets are purchased they will be posted through supplier invoice entry and I propose that another option similar to GRN, shipment and contracts be created that allow fixed assets to be created at the time of purchase invoice entry.

If we do this then how to deal with assets purchased via a purchase order - purchase as a stock item for transfer to fixed assets?

Purchase orders currently allow for nominal purchase order items that specify the GL account. If the GL account is to a fixed asset cost account then bring up the new fixed asset or addition to existing fixed asset form....

A fixed asset transaction log is required recording, additions, disposals, transfers between categories (that would cause GL transactions) and locations - no journals (or do we need to allow for different GL postings based on location and fixed asset category??)
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