Some organizations require full work centre routing and scheduling, others are content with work group scheduling without routes, while others do not require any scheduling. In Abel the work centre or work group dictates the basis of scheduling i.e. labor, machine or quantity using either Finite or Infinite processes.
Each BOM contains the capacity usage information to be consumed at each work centre route. Set up and clean times, fixed time per build unit, and run rate per build unit are available for labor and machine. Additional scheduling information such as begins after previous start, begins after previous end, schedule for parallel completions, standing times, constrained position, and downstream and upstream associations can also be specified within the BOM route.
Abel provides a unique function for organizations wishing to schedule by work group. Labor and machine times can be specified within the structure on the BOM and when exploded will accumulate upwards to the work group and become available for scheduling. Alternatively BOM operations or tasks can contain the labor and machine times and are exploded and accumulated as above.
Work centres can be specific or generic. As customer quotes and orders are created, Abel automatically calculates the earliest promise date using the exploded BOM, constraint work centres and minimum times for this calculation. Manufacturing that is external to the plant can also be scheduled using external manufacturing orders. (See also Abel’s External Manufacturing below)
Company and branch calendars specify working days. Default day of the week start and end times, available labor and machine hours, maximum quantities, number of employees, default crew size and the number of machines are entered against the work centre and work group. This information may be entered as global or specified by branch. Where daily times need to be modified because of maintenance downtime, employee sickness or scheduled overtime, overrides are available in Abel for this purpose.
Abel’s unique scheduling process provides pick and drop positioning that incorporates variable setup times according to previously scheduled jobs and labor overlaps dependent on crew sizes. Unlike other ERP systems in use, Abel provides comprehensive workflow management and flexible capacity planning.