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A Gantt chart is a horizontal bar chart that helps visualize a schedule using activity blocks ordered along a timeline. For example, in PlanetTogether, jobs and activities are scheduled on resources and visualized in the Gantt View (accessed from the Views drop-down menu).
Gantt chart screens provide visibility and increase the reliability of:
- On-time Delivery
- Scheduling Precision
- Production Plan Adherence
- Overall Process Control
- Lower Production Cost
The Gantt chart screens in PlanetTogether provide users with a more dynamic range of planning and real-time scheduling than conventional fixed-data Gantt charts. A useful feature of PlanetTogether's Gantt screen is that users can easily move scheduled activities via the drag-and-drop functionality to place them at a preferred time. In addition, moving one job will automatically move other related tasks to facilitate the scheduling process.
Gantt Toolbar Options
The toolbar options are found at the top of the Gantt chart. These options allow users to zoom in and out of the chart, find jobs and resources, and customize the information displayed on the activity blocks. Additional information on the features and options of the Gantt toolbar can be found here.
PlanetTogether's Gantt chart screen allows users to drag-and-drop activities to facilitate the scheduling process. An important aspect of the feature is that moving an activity block will automatically move all associated tasks. Thus, if an activity is moved later, subsequent operations will be automatically pushed out in time. In addition, the multi-move option allows schedulers to move multiple activities at a time. This is useful when users want to move multiple activity blocks onto an eligible resource. To do this, hold the Shift key and draw a lasso around the activities to be moved, then drag them to the target resource.
The Resource Gantt chart screens display the sequence of activities scheduled on each resource. These charts can display all resources in a specific plant or display only resources found within a department. The benefit of using a Gantt chart is to facilitate the visibility of the schedule and make it easier to see potential problems such as bottlenecks and late jobs. The color of the activity blocks indicates many aspects of the job and can be configured in the Gantt Labels dialog.
- Timeline: The timeline is found at the top of the Gantt chart and shows years, months, days, and hours. Time flows to the right, and there is no limit to how far future activities can be scheduled.
- Activity Blocks: Each block represents an activity to be performed by a resource on a particular job. Blocks can show multiple segments, which are depicted as horizontal bars of different colors. The information detailed in the block label can be configured by clicking on the Labels button of the Gantt Toolbar.
- Capacity Intervals: The capacity intervals are found under the activity blocks in each resource row. These show the shift calendar for the resource and indicate periods of online, offline, over time, potential overtime, and cleanout activity on which activities can be scheduled.
- Plants: A complete list of plants is found on the left-most side of the screen. Users can use the arrows to move up and down the list and select the plant they wish to see the schedule for.
- Departments: Each plant's department is listed at the top of the schedule. Users can display all of the resources found in the plant by selecting the first tab of the list or can display department-specific resources by selecting the department tabs.
- Resources: The resources are listed at the left of the schedule. Each row in the Gantt chart represents a different resource.
Job Watch Gantt
The Job Watch Gantt is similar to the Resource Gantt as it displays blocks of activities scheduled on resources. However, this view displays the activities designated as "watched" (Watched Jobs) rather than all activities scheduled in the department or plant. The jobs are listed at the top of the screen, and the resources required are listed to the left of the screen.
Split View Gantt
This option splits the Gantt view screen to show the Resource Gantt at the top of the screen and the Job Watch Gantt at the bottom.
The Activity Board provides an easier-to-read view of the work to be done each day by resource. Each activity block spans the entire day's width, making it easier to read the text for each order. This view is useful for floor shop personnel who wish to see what will be worked on each day.
If multiple operations are scheduled on the same day, they will appear stacked on top of each other with gray areas on each side so that each block spans the entire day.
Note: if the scheduled activity starts on one day and ends the day after, the width of the activity block will span the entire two days.
The following shows the same information as the screenshot above, but in the Resource Gantt configuration: