Work Station Types

The Production planning -> Work station types section contains a list of all work station types.

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  • Click Reports on a work station type's line to see the work station type's reports.
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What is a work station type?

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

A work station type is a group of work stations that can all do the same tasks. For example,

  • A "CNC" work station type with five CNC machines;
  • An "Assembly" work station type with two assembly tables;
  • A "Heat treatment" work station type with one oven.

Work station types together with work stations define your production capacity. When defining an operation in a product's routing a corresponding work station type must be chosen. Only during production scheduling, a specific work station is assigned.

A work station type could also represent an area with many machines and tools, when there's a situation where a single work station 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 each 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 work station type, and the number of possible concurrent operations is the number of work stations in the group.

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