MRP generates a coordinated master schedule that properly aligns jobs and POs so that materials, components, and subassemblies are time-phased to be available when needed. Two screens - the Job Control Panel and Shop Control Panel - help you execute the master schedule so that jobs can be started and completed on time.
Job Control Panel - Jobs are released to the shop floor through the Job Control Panel screen. Jobs are only released when the scheduled start date comes due and the item's first work center has open capacity, which prevents the shop from getting overloaded. The First-Q field lets you know if the first work center is accepting new job sequences. You can also check that required materials are on hand. Select the Release checkbox against each job that is ready for release, then click the Update button.
Job Travelers - Job travelers are printed concurrent with releasing jobs to the shop floor. Job travelers can be batch printed against all jobs selected for release. The job traveler accompanies the job on the shop floor and provides workers with complete manufacturing specifications. The traveler can be customized by selecting or clearing the printing options listed on this screen. You can save your selections against a layout name so that you can create multiple custom layouts, if needed.
Work Centers Tab - The Shop Control Panel screen is used to create a daily schedule within each work center so that all jobs are prioritized in a coordinated fashion to meet their planned finish dates. The Work Centers tab provides an overall view of the shop, including work center capacity settings. You can compare a work center's Buffer Days, which is the expected queue time or waiting time in each work center, with its Queue Days, which is the actual waiting time. This enables you to quickly identify bottlenecks that can help you decide where to deploy workers and other resources.
Capacity Settings - Work center capacity settings, such as job hours per day, are maintained in the upper panel on the Schedule tab within the Shop Control Panel screen. You can optionally activate queue control, which enables a work center to stop accepting new job sequences once its expected queue time has been exceeded.
Schedule Tab - The Schedule tab within the Shop Control Panel screen is used by shop supervisors for daily scheduling of each work center. In the main grid, job sequences with a status of 'Started' are already in progress are listed first, followed by job sequences with a status of 'Ready', which are physically in the work center queue, waiting to be started. The on time ratio measures whether a job is running behind or ahead of schedule. Jobs running behind schedule are given priority over jobs running ahead of schedule. Follow the suggested schedules throughout the shop and your work centers will function in harmony instead of at cross-purposes.