Workstation Groups

The Production planning -> Workstation groups section contains a list of all workstation groups.

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  1. Tips and tricks.
  2. What is a workstation group?
  3. What is a workstation?
  4. What are workstation group's properties?

Tips and tricks

  • Click Create to add a new workstation group.
  • Click Choose columns to choose which columns to display.
  • Drag the columns to rearrange them.
  • The table can be searched and filtered (see Usage tips for wildcards).
  • Click Saved searches to save a search or use a saved search.
  • Click Reports on a workstation group's line to see the workstation group's reports.

What is a workstation group?

Workstation group Workstation Default worker Workstation's hourly rate Productivity
Workstation group A Workstation A1 Worker A 50 1
Workstation A2 Worker B 50 1
Workstation group B Workstation B1 Department B 15 1
Workstation B2 Department B 15 1
Workstation B3 Department B 30 3

A workstation group is a group of workstations that can all do the same tasks. For example,

  • A "CNC" workstation group with five CNC machines;
  • An "Assembly" workstation group with two assembly tables;
  • A "Heat treatment" workstation group with one oven.

Workstation groups together with workstations define your production capacity. When defining an operation in a product's routing a corresponding workstation group must be chosen. Only during production scheduling, a specific workstation is assigned.

A workstation group could also represent an area with many machines and tools when there's a situation where a single workstation might not correspond to a specific machine:

  1. When many tools or machines are used for one operation. E.g. In a woodworks area or department there could be tens of tools, benches, tables, and machines, where one group would be used for one operation, but another group for another operation.
  2. In these situations, it might not be efficient to define every single machine, because this would make the routings and reporting unnecessarily complex. Instead, it's better to find the average number of operations which can be performed concurrently in this area.
  3. Most commonly, the number of operations that can run concurrently equals the average daily number of workers in the department.
  4. In this case, the "area" or "department" itself is the workstation group, and the number of possible concurrent operations is the number of workstations in the group.

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