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The Order Module initiates jobs in the shop, provides the instructions and material lists for building the items, tracks the progress of the orders and posts the finished goods to inventory. A work order can be completely processed using only one screen. Work orders can be created:

  • Manually from sales orders.
  • Automatically by the MRP planning process.
  • Manually as required to meet demand.
  • By copying an existing order.

Material lists for an order are created automatically based on the item being made, the BOM revision number and the active date of the BOM. You can specify which route to use when creating a work order or automatically use the one associated with the item being made.

The projected finish quantity is automatically calculated when the starting quantity is entered or the starting quantity is automatically calculated when the finished quantity is entered based on shrinkage factors.

Entering a Start Date controls the earliest date an order will be scheduled to be begin when forward scheduling is used.

Entering a Needed By date controls the start date of an order when backwards scheduling is used.

Each order’s expected completion date is automatically updated whenever a new schedule is implemented. There are three miscellaneous fields available for work orders. Each filed can be easily named and customized to enter text, date, or numeric information. Each order can be assigned one of a number of different priority levels which will be used to set the order in which it is scheduled. Several types of orders are supported:

  • Assemble
  • Build
  • Maintenance
  • Rework
  • Work Orders

You can specify that an order is to use only the work centers specified on the route or is to use alternate work centers if they will speed up the process. Individual orders can be set to use

  • Forward scheduling techniques to complete orders as soon as possible.
  • Backward scheduling techniques to start the order as late as possible and still meet the required date.

Entering an Overlap Quantity on an order sets the number of pieces to be completed on a route step before the next step is started. This significantly compresses the time it takes to complete a job.

Routes may be altered on work orders that are in process. This includes being able to exempt steps from scheduling that might only be for informational purposes for example or adding steps for rework or other purposes. The list of materials for a job is automatically allocated in inventory when the job is released for production.

Changes to a bill of material that affect the materials assigned to a route generate a warning to update the route/material assignment. Material staging allows material to be issued to a job without releasing it for scheduling.

A separate tab on each work order screen tracks the material that has been issued to the job and the material that is remaining to be issued. The list of material on an order may have items added, quantities edited, and items deleted in real time with allocation support.

Any inventory item may be issued to a work order regardless if it is on the material list or not. Any item may be returned to inventory from a work order regardless if it is on the material list or not. An item on an order can be specially designed using the configuration capabilities built into the BOM. This permits one item number to be built in a number of different configurations.

Orders are released to manufacturing by following an FPO (Firm Planned Order) process. The FPO process permits password control over who has permission to release orders. During the FPO process the item being manufactured is placed on order, and the materials required to make it are allocated in inventory. Mass transaction processes are available for mass:

  • Firm Plan Ordering of orders
  • Issuing material to orders
  • Posting labor to orders
  • Issuing and returning material on orders
  • Completing orders
  • Cancelling orders

The FPO process permits lot/serial numbered material to be specifically allocated to a job. Orders use transactions to

  • Indicate which steps have been started and completed.
  • Issue material.
  • Undo material issues.
  • Post labor.
  • Record machine time.
  • Track work in process.
  • Account for scrap.
  • Change the quantity being produced.
  • Post finished goods to inventory.

Transactions may be posted to a job by

  • Manually entering them on the work order.
  • Batch entering them on a screen designed for rapid data entry.
  • Using a data collection system to collect the transactions and post them through an external posting program.

ID’s for lot/serial numbered material can be assigned right on the work order before being returned to inventory. Lot/serial numbered material issued to a job can be associated with the lot/serial numbered items being manufactured that used it. A Lot/Serial Tracking report will

  • Show all the lot/serial numbered material that was used to make an item.
  • Show where lot/serial numbered material was used.
  • Show who purchased the lot/serial numbered finished goods.

Partial quantities on a work order may be posted to inventory as they are finished and without completing the order. An inquiry screen allows you to build a list of orders and their status by specifying an item number, customer and/or a sales order number. You may drill down to the actual order from the list of orders displayed on the inquiry screen.

Work orders can be optionally printed by operation step with the materials required. Pick lists, including ranges of pick lists and pick lists encompassing multiple work orders, may be printed for orders.

The use of phantom components are supported and you can control how phantoms and their components are displayed on the Pick List report. Completed work orders can be moved to a history file. Orders in the history file can be viewed and used in reports.

Other Applications

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

"Order" is part of the ALERE Manufacturing line of products, developed by TIW Technology.

Related Products

The following software product lines are also offered by TIW Technology: