Work stations

The Production planning -> Work stations page displays a list of all the work stations.

This page allows

  • adding or editing work stations,
  • seeing an individual work station's reports,
  • accessing summary reports of all work stations,
  • checking the maintenance cycle of a work station.

Jump to:

  1. Tips and tricks.
  2. What is a work station type?
  3. What is a work station?
  4. What are the work station properties?
  5. How to schedule and perform work station maintenance?
  6. How are manufacturing overhead and labor costs calculated?
  7. What is a routing? How is it used in production planning?

Tips and tricks

  • Click Create to add a new work station.
  • Click Choose columns to choose which columns to display.
  • Drag the columns to rearrange them.
  • Click Reports on a work station's line to see the work station's reports.
  • Click All work stations summary reports on top right of the table to see the summary reports on all work stations.
  • The table can be searched and filtered (see Usage tips for wildcards).

What is a work station?

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

There are three key ideas to understanding what a work station is:

  1. A work station is a place where individual operations are done. The work station could be a machine, a bench, an assembly table, work area etc. One work station can only be part of one work station type.
  2. Your work stations define your production capacity. One operation can be done at one time in one work station.
  3. A work station belongs to a work station type, which groups similar production resources. 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.

In some situations, 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.