Simultaneous Scheduling of Equipment and Labor Resources
Resource Connectors specify a flow relationship between two Resources. A Resource can (optionally) have one or more Connectors to downstream Resources to specify where successor operations can be scheduled. If Connectors are specified for a Resource then successor operations will only be scheduled to one of the connected Resources.
TransitSpanType field on the Resource Connector specifies how Resource Connector TransitSpan is calculated. The TransitSpan is the time that needs to pass between end of a predecessor operation and start of the successor operation, which are scheduled on resources in the Resource Connector. Two options:
- FixedSpan: A specific timespan.
- CalculatedFlowSpan: The timespan is calculated based on the Connectors FlowRate and the quantity of material being transferred.
Note: Manual violations of Resource Connectors through drag-and-drop are allowed but in that case, a Flag will be displayed to warn the user of the violation.
Resources can have varying capacity types depending on the kind of work that they can do. Resources can be:
Single Tasking: A Single Tasking Resource can only perform one Operation at a given time. That Operation must be completed before additional work can be done.
Multi-Tasking: A Multi-tasking Resource can handle multiple activities simultaneously, depending on the Attention Percent of the Operations being scheduled.
Infinite: An Infinite Capacity Resource can handle any number of Jobs simultaneously.
Batch: A Batch Capacity Resource can handle multiple identical Jobs simultaneously given certain restrictions. For more information, click here.
The Dock Scheduling pane is a scheduling board that is integrated with the production schedule to aid in visually planning the receiving of goods at docks or "slots". It provides a planner with visibility into the expected receipts and allows for easy drag-and-drop assignment of the receipt to a specific slot where the product will be unloaded. This provides a means of ensuring that sufficient unload/parking space is available as deliveries arrive.
- Shows all Warehouses and expected receipts expected at each Warehouse
- Each Warehouses can have a number of slots assigned. Each slot is shown visually as a line in the Dock Scheduling Board and can have specific purchase orders assigned by drag-and-drop. Once a P.O. is manipulated by the planner, APS retains control of the date, time and slot to which the P.O. is assigned. If the planner would like to return control back to the P.O. management system the "Revert Back to ERP Control" command is available for this purpose.
- Clicking each Warehouse lists all of the P.O.s assigned to it in a grid below the Schedule Board. Clicking any P.O. in the grid highlights and scrolls to the P.O. in the Board.
- The following information is displayed in the Board and in the list: P.O. Number, Receipt Date and Time, Qty, Whether assigned to a specific slot, the slot assigned (if any). Additional information can be easily added upon request.
- Multiple P.O. can be assigned to the same time slot (for parallel unloading). In this case they are displayed as "stacked" in the Board.
- Any changes to P.O. unload times automatically updates the production schedule to reflect the change.
- User-level control over which system users can reschedule using the Board.