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Manufacturing instructions comprise the individual operation details of set-up time, operation/cycle time and lead time (for sub-contract processes) associated to the various resource codes that define the machines and processes provided by your company and its associated sub-contractors.

In addition to the standard resource descriptions (e.g. CNC milling, drilling, bench/assembly, etc.) the planner may also specify more detailed operation by operation instructions that will appear alongside the operation when the route card is printed. In the case of sub-contract operations, these detailed operation instructions are automatically reproduced on the relevant sub-contract purchase orders as are the associated batch prices which are also brought forward from the manufacturing instruction database.

Once manufacturing instructions are available, route cards may be printed for that part in either stand-alone format or via the work order and scheduling modules which will enable the Route Card to automatically reflect the Customer, Quantity, Due Date, Works Order Number, etc. All printed Route Cards have the Works Order Number printed in a Bar Code format to facilitate the Shop Floor Data Capture options available within FactoryMaster.

When utilized in conjunction with the estimating module the above procedure is simplified as manufacturing instructions are created automatically from the quotation. These manufacturing instructions inherit all relevant attributes of the quotation and may then be expanded for actual production use (e.g. detailed manufacturing instructions may be added for some operations).

All manufacturing instructions are associated with a specific drawing issue release for the part and these issue numbers are validated between manufacturing instructions, quotation, customer order and drawing register to ensure that route cards can only be produced where all Issues agree.

As well as the manufacturing instructions, it is also possible to record details of an associated data card reference, operator self-inspection check list, CNC program number or even to embed a stage drawing, digital photograph or digital video clip within each manufacturing stage.

Other Applications

The following applications are designed to work hand-in-hand with Manufacturing:

"Manufacturing" is part of the FactoryMaster line of products, developed by FactoryMaster.