A Job is a request for the shop to produce one or more products by a specific time.  The Job is the top-level object that is dealt with in APS scheduling.  Each Job contains information such as a Need Date, Customer, Priority, etc. as well as one or more Manufacturing Orders.

Creating Jobs Manually

New Jobs can be created from one of two places:

  1. From the Scenarios Tab | Job Changes | New Job
  2. From the Jobs Pane

Click on the Jobs tab located at the bottom of the screen next to the Gantt tab to bring up the Jobs pane, seen below:


  1. Click New. This will prompt a new Job dialog to appear, shown below:
  2. The New Job will require a Job Name and a valid Need By Date.
    • Additionally, Customer, Destination, Commitment and Description can be set manually.
    • The ExternalId can also be changed, but isn’t necessary to progress.
    • Click on the Operations Tab underneath the Grid View, highlighted above.
    • Click New Operation, which will load the following screen
    • Select the Capabilities Required

Note: When the dialog is prompted the first time, you are selecting all the Required Capabilities for only ONE Resource Requirement; a single Resource must have ALL Capabilities checked during this first dialog.

  1. Click on the Resource Tab in the Operation Header
  2. Additional Resource Requirements can be added by clicking New Resource Requirement. This will prompt the user to select the Capabilities that the Resource Requirement must possess.
  3. From the Resources tab the user can select a Default Resource, or change the Attention Percent should the Job be scheduled to Multi-Tasking Resources.
  4. Click on the Stock Materials Tab
  5. Click New Stock Material Requirement
    • Select an Item from the Material Item drop down
    • Select a Source Warehouse if the material needs to come from a specific Warehouse (elsewise the choice is made by APS).
    • Choose a Constraint Type:
      • By Available Date: This is generally for Manufactured parts. When Scheduling, APS will check On-hand Inventory first and then for open Jobs producing the Item as a Product.
      • By the Earlier of Lead Time or Available Date: This is generally for Purchased Parts. When scheduling, APS will check On-hand inventory first, then open Purchase Orders and lastly, the standard lead-time for the Item.
  1. Click on the Products Tab
  2. Click New Product
    • Select an Item from the Item Produced drop down
    • Select a Destination Warehouse. Unlike Stock Materials, this is mandatory.
    • Set the Total Output Qty to the desired quantity
  3. Set the Inventory Available Timing
    •  At Operation Run Start: all produced inventory is considered available at the scheduled start of the Operation’s Run time.  This can be used in situations where Operations consuming material should be allowed to schedule overlapping the operation producing the material. If Material Post-Processing Time is defined, the release time is delayed by that time span.
    •  At Operation Resource Post-Processing End: All produced inventory is considered available at the end of the Operation and any Resource Transfer Time.
    • Based on Transfer Qty: Material becomes available as it is produced in increments equal to its transfer quantity. Since a lot of extra book-keeping is involved in this type of timing, scheduling may take longer.

Alternate Paths

The routing is generally created in the order that the Operations were created. If this needs to be changed, click on the Alternate Paths tab in the Grid View.

The SuccessorOperationExternalId field can be used to set the Predecessor/Successor relationships between Operations.

Overlap Type can be used to determine  how soon a successor can begin after its predecessor has started.  Overlap Types include:

  • No Overlap: Predecessors must finish completely before Successors can begin
  • Transfer Qty: Successor can begin after this quantity has finished in the Predecessor’s Run
  • Transfer Span: Successors can begin after this amount of time has elapsed in the Predecessor’s Run
  • At First Transfer: Successors can begin as soon as the Predecessor produces the first Unit.
  • Transfer Span After Setup: Successors can begin after the Traansfer Span elapses after the Successor’s setup time.
  • Percent Complete: Successor Operations can begin after the Predecessor is at a certain percentage of completion.

Alternative Routings can also be created by clicking New Alternate Path.

  1. Click New Operation or Successor to add Operations to the Routing. These Operations must already exist in the Operations Tab or APS will produce an error.