Scheduling Principles

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Overview

Scheduling within M-Power has based on a queue based principle.

  • We firstly allocate a given process to a resource (machine or person)

  • By default the queue will be ordered by the job due date - but if necessary we reorder the queue so that processes for those jobs that are now most urgent are moved to the top of the queue.

  • The queue is split into a status or 'pending' and committed processes. Those that are pending are visible to an operator but can not be started as yet (due to criteria such as material availability, payment terms etc). Those that are committed can be carried out by the operator.

Criteria For Appearing on a Schedule

We do not schedule all processes in a factory - typically it is practical to schedule processes that may be bottlenecks. Whether or not a process is available to be scheduled depends on a number of criteria. 

  • The job must has a due date
  • The job must be 'released' 
  • The process must be tagged as a scheduled process

Scanning Maintains the Currency of the Queue

The queue is self maintaining providing scanning is being carried out on the factory floor.

  • When an operation on the queue is scanned on the factory floor as completed on the shop floor, or the job is dispatched it should disappear from the queue.
  • When a job is dispatched, all operations remaining on the queue are automatically removed

  • If scanning is not used - operations can be manually removed from the queue if they are know to be completed. Click the [X] button to do this. 

Displaying the Schedule

The schedule for a given resource can be printed as a report, or shown on a screen using our workflow module

The WIP screen contains different filters that allow you to quickly view and modify the queue for a given machine. 

The screen also allows you to view notes and contact logs relating to the queue item so you can best determine the status of the job.



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