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Get Started With Scheduling

Prerequisites *

Preparation for using TracManager Scheduling.

1. Create Equipment List

 

Equipment List

 

Equipment Details
 
Using the menu button, choose New Equipment. 
Each equipment has a name and an ID. The name may be duplicated as shown for CNC. The ID must be unique to identify the specific equipment. When the scheduler is assigning equipment that is required for a labor activity, the scheduler will search by name and then assign the equipment ID to the scheduled activity.
 
It is only necessary to enter equipment names that will be associated with labor activities. Also, only enter names of equipment that are limited. Since a CNC is a limited resource, it is necessary to create the CNC in the list. However, you would not create small tools that are readily available.

2. Configure Labor Activities

Open the Activity Center
Labor Activity Scheduling Settings

TracManager assigns employees to perform activities in a routing sequence. The SEQ # defines the sequence or routing order for the activity. If the Process Prerequisite is set to completed (CMPLT) then all activities with a lower SEQ # must complete before the activity is scheduled. If the setting is START then the next lower sequence must be started to allow the activity to be scheduled.

If Equipment is required to perform the activity, you must first create the equipment record, then associate the name of the equipment with this activity.

A Post Delay setting would add hours to the end of the activity completion. For example, if the activity were to apply varnish and there would be a number of hours drying time required before the next activity should be scheduled.

Predecessors provide an ability to force an activity to wait for another activity to be completed before being scheduled. This feature is normally not used and should only be used if there is a specific scheduling necessity.

Minimum employee assignments provide a means to provide the required number of employees scheduled at the same time. For example, if a delivery requires two people

Maximum employee assignments provide a limit to the number of employees assigned to an activity at the same time. For example, if there were ten employees qualified to Assemble and you only wanted a maximum of four assigned.

Non-constraining checkbox tells the scheduler to ignore all hours budgeted for the activity. This is applicable for activities such as “Supervision” or other non-process activity.

Keep Together checkbox tells the scheduler to always use the same resource once the activity is assigned. For example, if the labor budget included 24 hours a drafting and there were three qualified drafters – rather than assigning each drafter eight hours on one day, the scheduler would assign the hours to the same drafter for three days.

3. Employees

Employee Planned Absence
All employees that will be scheduled must first exist in the Employee Center. All employees must be assigned a work schedule. This work schedule informs the system of the days and times that the employee normally works.

Holidays and planned absences are considered when the Scheduler is scheduling work. Set all holidays and planned absences before scheduling jobs.

4. Job Labor Budgets

Job Labor Budget

The Scheduler will only schedule jobs that have labor budgeted. Labor budgets may be imported with the Cabinet Vision job, imported via a spreadsheet, entered using a previously saved template or built line-by-line manually. In addition to the labor hours budgeted, the Scheduler will consider the hours already completed as well as the estimated hours to complete (ETC) entries that may have been processed. 

5. Employee Skills

Scheduling Center Employee Skills

Every activity that will be scheduled must have one or more qualified employees associated with the activity.

For each employee, select the activities on the left panel and then click Add to add to the employee list.  Add only activities that you want the selected employee to perform.

Set Priority.  The numeric value on the left of the activity indicates the preference priority. Zero is the most preferred priority. For example, when the Scheduler is searching for an employee to assign to an activity, it will look for the lowest Priority number first. To set the priority right-click on the activity listed for the employee. You may have multiple priorities of the same value.

Ratings may be set for each activity. We strongly recommend leaving the Average setting until you have reason to make an adjustment. A higher priority will decrease the scheduled hours and a lower rating will increase the scheduled hours. For example, if the activity is set to a rating of Higher +1, that means the employee is expected to be faster and so the Scheduler will reduce the assigned hours by 10 percent. The adjust percentages are located under the Rules & Settings Tab.

6. Scheduling Rules & Settings

Scheduling Rules & Settings

The default settings on the Rules and Settings page are typically set correctly for most applications.

Unscheduled Time. The Scheduler can assign unscheduled time to a specific job. This way the employee is scheduled for an entire workday even though they may not be working on production jobs for the entire day. You may want to use the “unscheduled” time for some other non-production special project.

Auto Optimization We recommend the “Attempt to complete every job as early as possible” setting. This causes the schedule to be as efficient as possible. In the event you want to delay the start of a job, you may do so on the main “Jobs” tab. If you choose to “Start later to finish near scheduled due date” the scheduler will likely create a schedule that under-utilizes the available resources. For example, an employee may be scheduled to work less than the number of hours that they will be present (and paid). It is better to keep everyone fully busy in the near term if possible.

7. Resource Availability

Scheduling Resource Availability

The Scheduler will create a calendar of the available hours per employee. These hours are initially based on the employee work schedules (when they come in and go home).

Click Create to begin the creation of the availability calendar

The Override availability Schedule menu is accessed by clicking the Create button drop-down arrow.

Use this feature to override the normal availability calendar. For example, you may want to have the Cabinet Shop work group work for four hours on Saturday during April. You can do that by setting up the form as follows:

Availability Override

Then click Apply

The Display Selection allow you to change the view of the Resource Availability as desired.

Using the Scheduling Feature

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