Production Schedule

The Production planning -> Production schedule is the production schedule, which shows all the Manufacturing Orders that have been scheduled.

  • seeing all the scheduled orders in a Calendar view or various Gantt chart views.
  • seeing MOs as one block or as separate operations,
  • rescheduling MOs and operations by dragging,
  • Dynamic drag-and-drop rescheduling taking into account the available capacity and materials availability,
  • accessing the details of an MO.

Jump to:

  1. Tips and tricks.
  2. Color coding of the calendar.
  3. How to dynamically reschedule Manufacturing Orders?
  4. How to rebook parts of all planned Manufacturing Orders?
  5. What options are available for rescheduling manufacturing orders?
  6. How to view the Gantt chart of production operations?

Tips and tricks

  • Click and drag to reschedule an order. Stared or finished operations cannot be rescheduled.
  • Click on a calendar entry to see details and to access the Administrative view of an MO.
  • Click Rebook parts for all MO to rebook parts to all planned MOs.
  • Click on the Gantt button to access the Gantt charts.
  • In the Calendar view, use the drop-down menu above the calendar to change the view between "Manufacturing Orders" or "Operations"
  • In the Gantt chart view, use the drop-down menu above the chart to change the view between "Manufacturing orders" and "Workstations".
  • Click Choose columns to choose which information to display.
  • The first day of the week is defined in Settings -> System settings -> Regional settings.
  • To find a particular order, click the Search button in the upper right corner of the page. A popup with a filter will open.
    To remove the filter and see all orders, click the Search button again. Then click the Clear button.

Color coding

The backdrop color indicates the current progress:

  • Not started, the planned start time is in the future;
  • In progress;
  • Paused;
  • Finished;
  • (Red striped) Not started, but should have been started. The planned start time has passed.

The text color indicates the status of parts availability:

  • Not booked - all required parts are not booked;
  • Delayed - all parts are booked and ordered. some parts will become available after the planned start time of the manufacturing order;
  • Expected - all parts are booked and ordered. Some parts have not yet been received but will arrive according to the schedule;
  • Received - all parts are booked and in stock.

Dynamic click-and-drag rescheduling

Both manufacturing orders and operations can be dynamically rescheduled by clicking-dragging-and-dropping them to the desired time in the Calendar and Gantt charts views at Production planning -> Production schedule.

Demonstration video of drag-and-drop rescheduling in Gantt charts:

The software will check if rescheduling is possible - if resources are available, both materials and capacity -, and if not, it will find the earliest possible time after the desired time. It is possible to disable this check while rescheduling in the Gantt charts.

Generally, if you are dragging the MO or the operation to a new date, then:

  • The software will not allow overbooking a workstation, or schedule to a holiday, or a scheduled maintenance time.
  • The original sequence of the operations is enforced. It's not possible to change the original sequence of operations within a Manufacturing Order.
  • If materials cannot be available by the requested date, the software will issue a warning but will still schedule to this time.
  • The software will only reschedule the manufacturing order which has been dragged to a new time, other manufacturing orders will not be rescheduled.
  • Checking of resource availability and scheduling conflicts can be disabled when re-scheduling in the Gantt chart.

See also: What options are available for rescheduling manufacturing orders?

Mass rebooking of parts and materials

At Production planning -> Production schedule it is possible to click the Rebook parts for planned MOs Rebook materials button to rebook parts for all planned MOs.

This function does the following:

  1. All Manufacturing Orders in status "Scheduled", "Not scheduled", and "New" are looked up.
  2. All materials booked to these MOs are released.
  3. Starting from the earliest MO, according to start time, materials are booked to all MOs.

When a Manufacturing Order is scheduled, then materials are booked to it according to the FIFO principle (or FEFO, if expiry dates are used). However, in certain cases, this may not provide FIFO consumption of materials from stock. This function can help to align the order of MOs with the right order of consumption. This may happen, for example, when:

  1. new MOs are scheduled to earlier times than previously created MOs,
  2. the order of MOs is changed.

If you wish to only rebook materials of select MOs, you can do it by opening these MOs and clicking on buttons Release all booked parts and Book all parts.

Gantt chart

Besides the calendar view, the production schedule can also be viewed as a Gantt chart of:

  1. Manufacturing Orders, or
  2. Workstations load.

Demonstration video of drag-and-drop rescheduling in Gantt charts:

For seeing the Gantt chart:

  1. Go to Production planning -> Production schedule.
  2. Click on the Gantt chart button.

For changing Gantt chart views, use the drop-down menu above the chart to change the view between

  1. Manufacturing orders - to see the Gantt chart of Manufacturing Orders. Click on the + button next to the MO number to expand its operations.
  2. Workstations - to see the Gantt chart of the loading of workstations.

Setting the date range:

  1. Change the date range from a predefined date range or set custom dates.
  2. Click on a month or a day in the Gantt chart header to zoom in.

For rescheduling a MO or an operation in the Gantt chart:

  1. Drag it to a new time.
    When a Workstations view is open, it is possible to drag operation to another workstation within the same production site.
  2. A confirmation window will open and show the following options:
    • New start time - the new start time;
    • New workstation (if the Workstations view is open) – the new workstation;
    • Overlapping – choose whether
      1. the software should allow the rescheduled MO or operation to overlap (conflict) with other manufacturing orders, or
      2. should the software find the first available time slot;
    • Next operations – when an operation is rescheduled, choose whether
      1. the software should automatically reschedule next operations of the MO, or
      2. should these be left unchanged.
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