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The Route Module is responsible for creating and maintaining the instructions used for manufacturing items.

Master routes are created and stored in a library file where they can be used on work orders. An unlimited number of master routes can be maintained.

Operation steps for routes can be defined and stored in an Operation Library. Steps may be loaded from the Operation Library during the creation of a master route. Using the Operation Library speeds the creation of routes and improves product quality by standardizing the operation step information.

The creation and maintenance of routes is accomplished on one screen. Date fields track when the route was created and the date it was last updated. Drawing numbers can be assigned to master routes. Up to twenty (20) user-definable fields may be added to the master route layout to include information that is unique to your manufacturing processes but not to any particular operation step.

Up to five (5) user-definable fields may be added to the operation step layout to include information that is unique to your operation steps. The user-definable fields can be:

  • Characters
  • Numbers
  • Dates
  • Logic fields

Text can be mixed with the user-definable fields. Each route may have up to 999 separate operation steps. Each step is assigned an operation number. Gaps may be left between operation numbers so that additional steps may be inserted at a later time. Operation steps may be entered in any order and are automatically sorted each time the route is saved.

Steps can be reorganized simply by changing the operation number. Each operation step contains the following:

  • The work center to be used.
  • A yield factor to account for increases or decreases in the WIP quantities.
  • A batch size to set how many of the item are processed per cycle time.
  • The option to overlap steps by specifying whether or not partial quantities completed on a step will be immediately started on the next step.
  • Unlimited space to write up the instructions for the step.
  • A field to record the set up time required to prepare for the job.
  • A field to record the cycle time to complete each item or batch of items.
  • The labor grades required to perform the set up work and run the job.
  • The ability to account for split labor when a person runs more than one machine at a time.
  • More than one person can be tracked on a work center.

The advanced scheduling and planning technique, called Synchronous Manufacturing, is support by the Assign Material function. The Assign Material function allows the user to take the components on a bill of material and associate them with the route steps on which they will be required. Partial quantities of a component on a bill of material can be split among different route steps. All route steps, and the material assigned to them, may be viewed on one screen.

Assigning material to route steps permits the material to be scheduled, just as the route steps are scheduled, when the finite scheduler is run. An item may be associated with a preferred route. More than one route may be created for an item Work orders use the item/route association to automatically fill in the route number when an order is created for an item.

Costed bills of material use the item/route association to calculate the labor and overhead costs. Routes may be created by selectively copying information from an existing route or from a work order.

A Time Analysis report allows data collected on work orders to be analyzed to find the min/max/average times for setup and cycle times for each operation step along with the duration of those steps.

Other Applications

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

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

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