The Scheduling module is an extremely powerful tool that uses shop
orders and process sheet operations to schedule actual and planned
shop orders. By defining the available resources (work centers,
machines, employees, and shifts) in the plant, scheduling will compare
requirements with resources to identify bottlenecks, create dispatch
lists, and calculate release or scheduled completion dates. As actual
time is reported to existing shop orders, the system will continue
to reschedule, alerting you to potential problems through a number
of exception reports. Finite, infinite loading, and forward, backward,
or manual scheduling are all available.
Detailed Shop Calendar
This feature allows you to define your available capacity down to
the individual work center on a specific day on a specific shift.
You start by developing a shop calendar, defining normal work days,
all holidays and extra work days, and then refine the calendar for
individual work centers. Vacation schedules and planned maintenance
can be defined using this tool.
Finite and Infinite Loading
You have your choice of using either finite or infinite loading
techniques when scheduling. If using finite loading, the system
uses your choice of critical ratio, minimum slack time, or a user-maintained
priority code. Finite loading will only schedule work centers based
on available resources. Infinite loading will schedule each shop
order based on a work center's defined capacity without regard to
or Backward Scheduling
This module can either schedule forward from an orders start
date or backward from its required date. If backward scheduling
is chosen, the system can automatically switch over to forward scheduling
once the order starts. It then calculates a new estimated completion
date and compares that date against the orders required date.
The Scheduling Action Message Register lists any exceptions encountered
during a scheduling run. The scheduler can be automatically invoked
once an order is entered, on demand, against just new and changed
orders, or continuously.
You can easily spot bottlenecks with the graphical display or work
center load. In reviewing the load, you can set time horizon and summarize
the load with daily, weekly, or monthly buckets. You can view detail
that makes up the load, and further drill down to individual
orders. You can view the orders schedule in a graphical format
as well, with bottlenecks and material shortages highlighted.
This tool lets you see all operations scheduled to be performed in
a given work center across a date range which is user-defined. You
can optionally view material availability as well.