The Scheduling module provides management the tools to evaluate and manage the shop’s existing resources, including machine capacity , tools and human resources (or says consumable , non-consumable) . A choice of scheduling methods accommodates a variety of shop conditions. This flexibility allows for more realistic scheduling and better-managed customer delivery dates.

BENEFITS

  • Graphical presentation of work center loading, with indicators showing shortages / overloads for material, labor hours and pieces produced.
  • Drill down from the graphical presentation to detailed work order commitments within a work center.
  • Ability to change the work order schedule on a line item basis or to make changes and re-run the schedule.
  • Schedules forward and backward projections on a per-job basis.
  • Checks existing shop load in conjunction with routers and schedules jobs according to priority, due date, and critical days.
  • Responds dynamically to time ticket information and updates the work center load as the graphical screen is ‘refreshed’.
  • Provides accurate dates based on existing shop load.
  • Improves visibility of potential shop overloads.

FEATURES

Forward/Backward Scheduling
Forward scheduling calculates job schedules forward from “today,” to project the completion date. Backward scheduling calculates job schedules backward from the due date, to project the start date.

Finite/Infinite Scheduling
Finite: schedules to capacity
Infinite: schedules to start or due date, without regard to existing load, thereby loading the shop.

Flexible Priority Options
Assign each job to one of nine priority levels. Schedules are calculated in consideration of the priority level assigned to each job, with materials committed to the highest priority jobs first.

Global Scheduling
Schedule and reschedule the shop in a minimum amount of time. For each work order, specify the date that the system will schedule the job, and the first possible day that the job can start.

Track Critical Days
Critical days are updated dynamically to track the projected completion date relative to the due date. This is a key indicator of the delinquencies.

Operation Overlap
Allows the movement of completed parts to the next operation prior to completing the entire job quantity, thereby reducing the time when the first ‘lots’ of production against the job can be shipped to the customer.

“What-if” Scheduling
Allows the scheduling of one or more work orders at any time, on top of the existing schedule. This provides a view of the potential impact on the existing shop schedule, showing anticipated overloads or display.

Grouped Operations
Combines the same procedured operations to save the setup time for machine.

Ref:

SAP ABAP/4 Programming, Basis Administration, Configuration Hints and Tips

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