JobTime®5 - Level 1: Basic Scheduling Power
Formerly named "SmartSched" our JobTime5 Level1: Basic Scheduling version is intended only for very small start-up manufacturing companies who meet certain basic requirements to qualify for our "Small Company Discount". The requirements for this program include the following:
This special priced program allows very small startup manufacturing companies to gain the benefits of scheduling, possibly even before implementing an accounting or ERP system, because the way that 'small' companies become 'big companies' is to first deliver on-time, as promised.
JobTime5 Level 1 is a single-constraint scheduling system. Each work center recognizes a family of alternate work stations (machines or people). Each operation lets you specify setup time and unit production rate, overlapping against the following operation, accepts shop floor time/quantity updates. Each operation allows its quantity to be expressed in units-of-measure tied to that operation, based on a conversion factor (a 'quantity multiplier).
JobTime5 Visual Schedule Board - All Levels
Our Visual Schedule Board supports the following features, in all JobTime5 versions:
Our visual scheduling capability is based on our propriety SmartBoard technology, giving you a Schedule Board that lets you see the schedule as a familiar "magnetic schedule board". You can use your mouse to drag and drop individual operations. Constraints are flagged in case you attempt to move an operation to an invalid work center, or if the work in an upstream operation in that work order has not yet been finished, or if you move would violate the materials release date of the work order. Visual Drag & Drop lets you fine tune schedules that have been first calculated by our SmartSched scheduling engine, which fully loads the shop with no lost gap time, where feasible. If you drag and drop an operation on its neighboring task bar to the right, all the following operations on that same work-station row are automatically 'bumped out' into the future, to prevent 'double booking. JobTime guarantees no double booking of multiple jobs on the same work station at the same time, even for a single minute.
Computer scheduling have been greatly improved, but they might not reflect 100% of all the variables in your shop, to show the schedule you really want your people to follow, for any variety of valid reasons. JobTime5-Level 1 gives you the ideal man-machine scheduler combination. The SmartSched engine rapidly gives you first-cut "feasible and near optimal" schedules. The experienced scheduler, if desired, can use JobTime's Schedule Board to dynamically fine-tune the schedule by moving operations manually, in a Drag & Drop manner. The "SmartBoard" technology lets you reflect fast-changing requirements which are simply too difficult build into a automatic computerized scheduling logic. Most often, this is as simple as just switching the order of two adjacent operation bars on the Schedule Board.
JobTime5's Schedule Board system also displays text about the operation task-bars, as you hover the mouse over them. The text in this text-tip is user-controlled, and can include fields from the work-order or operation, such as customer, part-number, due-date, or days early/late.
With JobTime's "SmartBoard" technology you can point and click, then drag and drop, on our visual Schedule Board. This flexibility lets you adjust your shop schedules conveniently. You can customize the view of the schedule board. Select or omit which work stations appear on your Schedule Board. Adjust the width of each row. Your time reference of your mouse location is always visible in the date-time shown in the lower left corner of the Schedule Board. Zoom In / Zoom Out give you progress zoom actions. You can even change the specific number of pixels per second to you specific choice. Hover the mouse over any task-bar and you get a help window that displays the work order, customer, quantity and due-date of that item. You can also double-click any given operation, and see full screens showing full details from that specific Work Order and Operation. When you save your changes, they are saved to the schedule database, and will affect all schedule reports you print later. A picture is worth a thousand words, and SmartBoard is a picture of your shop's execution plan.
JobTime lets you define machines, calendars, and routings. Each work center can contain any number of alternate work-stations (machines). JobTime's internal schedule engine reflects our "SmartSched" technology, which provides an accurate finite capacity schedule, so that load-leveling after scheduling is not required. Choose any one of 12 standard dispatching rules, such as due-date, priority, priority + due-date, slack time, etc. JobTime5 -Level1 is a best buy for the company just getting started with finite scheduling, and preserves the option to later expand seamlessly into a multiple constraint scheduling system, bottleneck optimization, and materials synchronization, at the progressively higher levels of JobTime5.
Buy only what you need to start from Level 1, and then increase your scheduling power, as you see the benefits and payoffs of the more detailed scheduling features that JobTime5 can provide at higher levels.
JobTime 5 - Level1 improves scheduling in three important ways:
Features for Updating
JobTime's underlying SmartSched and SmartBoard technologies let you interact with your current scheduling data.
JobTime5 Level 1 includes screens to let you to define your calendars, work centers, work stations (machines), routings, and shop orders. The scheduling system allows you to select one of 12 dispatching scheduling rules.
These screens also let you perform updating on operations, to show finished tasks, or tasks currently in-process.
Finished tasks can be marked complete in a single checkbox. If you want to 'back-flush' all prior operations in that work-order, just click on the checkbox for 'Back-flush', and all prior tasks will also be marked 100% complete. You can also un-do these changes with a single click.
Partially finished tasks can be reflected by hours spent and/or units completed. Percent complete is automatically calculated, as well as quantity to go and estimated hours to go. You can over-ride the estimated hours to-go if needed. Multiple update on the same operation, you will simply mark the operation's status of its cumulative progress to date, expressed as total units completed to date, or total hours spent to date. You can mark both these items if you have the data. If you enter quantity finished, then operation percent complete is based on quantity finished. If you only input hours spent, then operation percent complete is based on time spent. Percent complete is never allowed to exceed 99% until you mark the operation finished.
JobTime5's Manual Updating is quick and convenient on the Update Tab, located on the Operations screen.
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