Our E.R.P. has always been set-up to receive width and length dimensions and from these it does it's formula to get the covered area.
The formula is rather simple, multiply the length by the width.
The problem we have is that, in particular cases, the area is not representative of what we consume when we cut the part, which then throws off our inventory as not only is the part not representative of what we consume, but we cut additional parts inside what is the excess of the part.
As an example, here's a part
The info sent to our ERP is 45 x 71 7/8, which means our E.R.P. will consume 3234.375 square inches of the material, when in reality, we consume
What we really consume is 1770.08 square inches.
So we'd like to be able to pull that number out and send it to our E.R.P., but I haven't figured out how just yet. For some reason, the superficy number in the mass property is wrong.