User Manual

Workstations

The Production planning -> Workstations page displays a list of all the workstations.

This page allows

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

Jump to:

  1. Tips and tricks.
  2. What is a workstation group?
  3. What is a workstation?
  4. What are the workstation properties?
  5. How to schedule and perform workstation maintenance?
  6. How are manufacturing overhead and labor costs calculated?
  7. What is a routing? How is it used in production planning?
  8. What is a department?
  9. How to plan works by departments? How to assign operations to departments?
  10. How to assign default departments to operations or workstations?

Tips and tricks

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

What is a workstation?

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

There are three key ideas to understanding what a workstation is:

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

In some situations, 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 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 workstation group, and the number of possible concurrent operations is the number of workstations in the group.

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