The Production planning -> Workstation groups section contains a list of all workstation groups.
- Tips and tricks.
- What is a workstation group?
- What is a workstation?
- What are workstation group's properties?
- Click Create to add a new workstation group.
- Click Choose columns to choose which columns to display.
- Drag the columns to rearrange them.
- Click Reports on a workstation group's line to see the workstation group's reports.
- The table can be searched and filtered (see Usage tips for wildcards).
|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:
- 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.
- 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.
- Most commonly, the number of operations that can run concurrently equals the average daily number of workers in the department.
- 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.