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Production control subsystem

Your Work Order Controller

Translating work orders into complete, up-to-date documents for your manufacturing operation.

The MFG Production Control subsystem is designed to cope with constant change. It oversees your manufacturing operations completely, and helps you to manage each phase of the work order life cycle. You can create and maintain work orders and pick lists. You can manage component allocation during production. You can optionally track work orders by program. You can perform configuration management task to ensure quality control, and use flexible reporting and query facilities to track work orders.

Production Control manages from the progress of your work orders from creation to completion.

Is a computer system reality needed to manage.
If every product you ever made had relatively few parts, which were readily available - and if you didn't have to live with the realities of scrap, shrinkage, rework, and product changes - then manual record-keeping and progress monitoring might work perfectly well. But, no one knows better than you that manufacturing is never this simple, and to remain competitive you must be able to cope with constant change. To oversee these operations, the Production Control subsystem manages the progress of work orders from creation to completion.

Establishing the complete picture of needed work orders.
When a new work order is needed, the Production Planner generates the order, and the subsystem sets up the allocation for the required subassemblies based on the Bill of Material in effect at that point in time. And these allocations can be easily changed for special-option products. The system also determines the start or pick date, based on the work order's due date and the assembly lead-time. As the work orders are released the system prints pick lists and checks component quantities to flag potential shortages. If "released" quantities exceed on-hand inventories, the subsystem provides warnings and notes all allocations that are affected by potential part shortages.

Picking correct quantities and accurate inventory status.
To handle shrinkage, the Production Control subsystem in conjunction with the Material Requirements Planning subsystem, has facilities for automatic adjustment of pick quantities. Further, if this excess picked material occasionally results in production of more products than required by a work order, the subsystem tracks this information. Because inventory levels constantly change as a result of kitting from pick lists, and from other events outside the realm of the work order, the subsystem reflects all influences on inventory stocks and accurately reports the true on-hand balances.

Meanwhile, as production goes on.
Other activities and changes are taking place with require the Production Planner be kept continuously informed. Reports can print a list of all shortages holding up issued work orders. Further, the subsystem computes total remaining picking requirements for each part, based on withdrawals, and returns to inventory. It also tracks the excess pick on work order.

In addition to managing each phase of the work order life cycle, the Production Control Subsystem also:

Provide Alternative Tracking Methods:

  • Track work orders by program, and work order number.

Provide Accurate Reporting:

  • Track work orders using hard copy reports and online query capabilities.

Perform Configuration Management Tasks to Insure Quality Control Standards:

  • Create as-built bill of materials.

Verify and document as-built systems against planned and designed bill of materials.

Diagram Production Control

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