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Work center control subsystem

The True of Your Production Operation

Efficient work center capacity management for maximum shop floor productivity.
The MFG Work Center Control subsystem can help you manage your capacity wisely by making work center definition easier. Further, it offers a choice of methods for calculating work center capacities accurately, using either the total number of working hours available, or adjusting that total with your estimates or with historical production data.

Work Center Control encourages accurate scheduling and the efficient management of capacity - important steps towards improved shop floor productivity.

Precise Work Center Definition and Work Station Identification for Scheduling Control Effective capacity management begins with comprehensive definitions of your work centers and the identification of work stations within them. The Work Center Control subsystem can help you manage your capacity wisely by making work perform center definition easier. In the subsystem, work center are defined as groups of work stations which perform the same tasks and have equivalent equipment and labor.

Controlling the number of simultaneous jobs at the same work center can be a substantial advantage for some operations. The strict definition of work centers and the identification of work stations, as imposed by the subsystem, can give you a comprehensive overview of your operation. This overview can help you accurately predict the impact of work load variations on your capacity plans and delivery schedules.

A number of Work Center Control subsystem features allow you to achieve benefits in standard work centers and work station definitions. This allows reliable and capacity management planning. This enables you to easily adjust definitions to reflect changes in work center or station capacity, as well as track and control the activity of outside vendors by defining them as separate work centers.

Accurate calculations for efficient capacity management.
Well-defined work centers and work stations are an important foundation, but the Work Center Control subsystem goes much further. Accurate capacity calculations are essential for the development of workable schedules and overall shop floor efficiency. The subsystem helps you to define and update the standard working hours for each work center with a few simple transactions.

You can choose the method best suited for calculating capacity at each work center from among three procedures:

  • The Direct Entry uses the number of working hours as the work center capacity and is recommended for system start-up or conversion.
  • The Rated Capacity method uses working hours adjusted by your estimates of efficiency, utilization, and productive work time. The effectiveness of this method can increase as you become more familiar with the subsystem.

The Demonstrated Load method calculates capacity using historical data. Work center clock hours are adjusted by a load factor. The load factor is calculated using a ratio of actual to expected performance. This method should be chosen when you believe that the recent past will remain capacity of a particular work center.

Improved productivity through detailed planning.
The Work Center Control subsystem supports precise work center definitions and gives you three methods for calculating capacity. These tools can help you increase the accuracy of your scheduling and will encourage the efficient management of capacity...the first step to improved shop floor productivity.

Diagram Work Center Control

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