Factory Scheduling Software
Say goodbye to spreadsheets.
When it comes to detailed scheduling of machines and the people who will staff them, most manufacturers need more than the rough plan typically provided by an ERP. Whiteboards and spreadsheets require daily maintenance, become cumbersome to use, and have limited power (for example, they cannot easily predict completion times).
The Graphical Sequencer is a ShopVue add-on that solves this problem by showing a visual timeline of what is queued up at each of your machines. Managers can use the Graphical Sequencer’s drag-and-drop interface to fine tune a plan that reflects today’s scheduling demands and current conditions. Each change they make---whether they reroute an operation to a different machine or group orders together to share a setup---triggers a recomputation of the schedule. Actual staffing levels and detailed machine schedules (including planned downtime) create a workable plan that everybody trusts.
With the Graphical Sequencer, you can:
- Sequence orders for each machine using drag and drop.
- Visualize when each order will be completed in Gantt format.
- Assign employees to machines.
- Fine tune your ERP or APS schedule to reflect exactly what you expect to accomplish this shift.
- Display recently completed, running, and scheduled jobs on large monitors.
- Prevent unqualified workers from being assigned to machines or jobs using our Certifications tool.
How Graphical Sequencer Works
1. ShopVue automatically downloads new orders from your ERP system. ShopVue places each of the orders on the first machine specified on the routing. ShopVue then sequences the orders based upon your defined criteria (for example, the operation due date).
2. Your planner or Supervisor reviews the proposed plan and makes adjustments as necessary. In the diagram, a planner might drag Job C ahead of Job A because it was flagged as "hot". The planner publishes the sequence.
3. When the Operator---Harry in the above example---logs onto the ShopVue Console, he sees a list of dispatched operations. ShopVue displays Job B first, communicating the planner's decision to the Operator. After reviewing any applicable links such as instructions or drawings, Harry begins the order by pressing Run.
4. When Harry completes Job B, ShopVue automatically queues the job on the next machine on its route; ShopVue sends WIP status and labor updates to your ERP in real time.
In the above example, Ted Curtis is tending two machines. He's currently working on Order 122-10 on Machine M211, shown in the aqua cell. Gray cells indicate jobs he's finished. Ted is scheduled to start Order 125-10 on Machine M212 at 10:00 a.m., but hasn't. The yellow Urgency Icon indicates that Order 125-10 runs the risk of being late. The white cells show Ted's scheduled work for the rest of the day.
Based upon what just ran, you can decide whether a setup should be scheduled. You can group operations that can share a setup.
These icons compare the operation due date with the task's planned date as shown on the timeline. A yellow icon is displayed if the operation is at risk of being late. A red icon indicates it will be late. You can increase an operation's priority simply by dragging it to the left, ahead of other tasks.
Create unique configuration for individual users. You can specify the collection of employees, machines, and orders the user can access, scheduling algorithms; how cells are displayed; and window arrangements.
Get a real-time view of WIP movement. See each job start and finish immediately. Automatic refresh is ideal for large monitors that communicate what's running and what's scheduled for each machine in the area.
Save and Reuse Profiles
Create and save views that capture selected groups of employees and workpoints. This saves time spent arranging windows and filtering lists each time you load the Graphical Sequencer, and is ideal for users who have large numbers of workpoints and employees to schedule.
Multi-select and Add Tasks
Select multiple tasks at once and add them to a workpoint via drag and drop or right clicking on the workpoint and selecting Add Selected Operations.
You can define the data that is displayed in task cells and used for sequencing. For example, you might include alloy type in order to group all operations that require the same alloy into one setup.
Certifications helps you manage the question: "Is the person certified to do the work?". You define what constitutes certification---for example, taking a course or accumulating enough hours on a machine---and then maintain employee status in matrix format. When using the Graphical Sequencer, planners and supervisors will not be able to staff a machine with an unqualified operator. On the Console, ShopVue will prevent operators from starting a Run if unqualified.
With so much data compacted into one screen, it's easy to get lost in the details. X-rays allow you to highlight an item (such as a part) and see where all of the lots are currently located, making it much easier to find orders on the factory. For example, five orders split three times would mean 15 lots scattered throughout the factory. X-ray shows all 15 in bright red.
Prioritize Tasks List View
An alternative to dragging and dropping task cells from the workpoint timeline, you can now right click on a timeline and choose Prioritize Tasks. This brings up a simple priority list; you can move a selected task up and down the list with the arrow keys.